John Wehrheim | The Sun Magazine

John Wehrheim


John Wehrheim lives in Lihue, Hawaii. A photographer, filmmaker, and engineer, he tries hard these days to keep up with his granddaughter, Ua.

— From July 2022

June 2021

Family with horse, Pazhi
Shaba, the husband, explained that the hat his wife, Pema, wears represents a “stupa” — a type of Buddhist temple. When a woman wears such a hat, “her head becomes a temple.”

Pema went on to say that Guru Rinpoche — the Buddhist mystic who introduced Tantric Buddhism to Tibet — gave them their style of dress and told them to wear their hair long: “We cut our hair only once, at twelve years old. That is why it grows very straight and long and beautiful.”

June 2021

Tango Monastery, Bhutan

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