Image: Buddha statue in Biloxi, Mississippi
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Hope in Biloxi?
Photograph by Steve McCurry
Since they arrived with Chinese and Japanese immigrants in the late 1800s, images of the Buddha have become commonplace in the United States, even at a mini-golf course in Biloxi, Mississippi. But a weighty statue of the Buddha was no match for the destructive power of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. Soon after the storm the Dalai Lama sent a message of hope. "There is a saying in Tibetan, 'Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.' No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that's our real disaster."
10 years ago.