In Kandy, we visited the Buddha's Tooth Relic Temple.
Seventh and final stop: Bangkok 🇹🇭. These photos were taken in the Grand Palace within the city, which is full of history and truly shows the history and development of Thai and Southeast Asian culture. Every single thing you see has been hand painted or hand crafted. •
Fun fact: the image of Buddha in this temple is dressed in different coverings for the different seasons of the year. The coverings are offerings from the Thai royal family. •
#travel #thailand #buddhisttemple #beautifulplaces
Mystical sunrise at Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist monument in Java ✨
The architectural genius & artistry behind this ancient pilgrimage site is almost beyond comprehension. Within the mandala, Buddhists pass through the ten stages of development, ultimately transforming into enlightened Bodhisattvas. All of the wisdom is embedded into intricate carvings along the stone walls. From a birdseye, Borobodur is perceived by some to be symbolic of a lotus.
Our visit this morning during the wet season seemed to add a layer of mysticism to the ruins, which were once swallowed by jungle, and now remain encased in lush tropical surroundings. You can even see Mount Merapi Volano (active as we speak) peaking in the distance.
I’m always fascinated by the rich history of UNESCO World Heritage Sites like this, and at the same time the power of simply being present often speaks for itself.
More sunrise magic in my story 🌅
One of the most amazing things I did in 2018: being invited into the sacred space in front of a 1,000-year old Buddha at the Sokusein Temple in Kyoto. The monk there sang his prayers while we sat directly in front of the Buddha and his voice was so powerful it shook the statues. I felt his conviction in my bones. During the Meiji period when western culture was insidiously taking over Japan’s traditional culture, the emperor ordered temples to burn the Buddhist effigies. Only a few were hidden away safely, which means that there are very few Buddha that are older than 1,000years. The Buddha here is not only original, he is surrounded by 25 “friends”. One in particular is oddly smiling... it is said that if you pray to this particular one, then you will have good fortune in entertainment and public work. So many actors/singers/artists are patrons here and out front are beautiful works by famous artists like Hiroshi Sugimoto. The temple is so hidden away that even during the Kyoto peak season we were able to be alone. I absolutely recommend this small temple to visit while in Kyoto, it’s a wonderful treasure. Thanks so much to Momoko and Yoshie for bringing me, I won’t ever forget it!
#即成院 #極楽浄土 #京都旅行 #sokuseiin #kyototemple #buddhisttemple #buddhisttreasures #japanesehistory #mustseekyoto
По моему скромному мнению, венец буддистских храмов Бангкока - The Golden Mount.
Он очаровывает с первых шагов, везде статуи из камня и позолоченные, водопадики, бурная зеленая растительность🌿, и в конце подъёма - очень красивый вид на город. Но это не самая высокая точка, на которую мы взбирались...😍
PS: последовал примеру монаха, ударил в гонг, а потом в еще один)
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Visiting our first Buddhist Temple Wat Bowonniwet Vihara. 🙏
2019年1月3日訪問。茨城県桜川市冨谷２１９０、天台宗の寺院、施無畏山 宝樹院 小山寺。通称、富谷観音。再訪問。画像は市指定天然記念物、「小山寺の大杉」。推定樹齢７００年。3枚目は石段参道付近の倶利伽羅竜王像。不動明王の化身と呼ばれている富谷山の守護神だそうです。
2019年1月3日訪問。茨城県桜川市冨谷２１９０、天台宗の寺院、施無畏山 宝樹院 小山寺。古くから霊場として民衆に親しまれてきた富谷山にある事から、富谷観音と呼ばれてきました。再訪問。雰囲気抜群の場所です。画像は境内の入口。周囲の参道は「いばらぎ森林浴の道100選」に選ばれておるようです。
Идеал гармонии - это архитектура или скульптура, сущность которых заключается в уничтожении времени. (Жорж Батай)
Pinching myself to accept that this really happened, just a few weeks ago! 😍
I love traditional weddings, but I also love different weddings. When you combine the two and get a very traditional celebration for a very different couple, in a format that couldn’t be more unusual from what I know- the result is pure magic: an education, a sacred experience and a true honour to witness.
Hannah and Anthony were blessed by nine monks in a Buddhist temple built in the late 1700s, in Bangkok.
To the Thai people, nine is the luckiest number, representing good fortune.
There is so much to this experience that a post like this couldn’t fully describe, but I look forward to finding a way to do so in the coming weeks. ❤️