Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple: A Secret Garden In Kyoto Features 1200 Stone Sculptures

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple: A Secret Garden In Kyoto Features 1200 Stone Sculptures
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Otagi Nenbutsu-ji is a Buddhist temple in the Arashiyama neighborhood of Kyoto, Japan.

Otagi Nenbutsu-ji was founded by Empress Shōtoku in the middle of the eighth century. Though was destroyed by the flooding of the Kamo River, it was rebuilt as an offshoot of Enryaku-ji, a nearby temple. In the 13th century, it was again destroyed during a civil war. The temple was moved to its current location in 1922, later suffering typhoon damage in 1950. Continue reading »

Buddhist Novices Transform Into Princes In Initiation Ceremony

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A young boy shows off his dance moves as the group parades through the town in Mae Hong Son, Thailand, April 2016. Monk initiates ditch normal clothes for princely tunics, full make up and heaps of golden jewels for their ordination into Buddhist monkhood. Continue reading »

Buddhist Monk Makes Footprints In Wooden Floorboards Through 20 Years Of Prayer

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70 year-old Buddhist monk Hua Chi has been praying in the same spot at his temple in Tongren, China for over 20 years. His footprints, which are up to 1.2 inches deep in some areas, are the result of performing his prayers up to 3000 times a day. Now that he is 70, he says that he has greatly reduced his quantity of prayers to 1,000 times each day. Continue reading »

Wat Rong Khun: A Buddhist Temple Inspired By Sci-Fi Movies

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Photo by Dan Silvershine

Wat Rong Khun, more well-known among foreigners as the White Temple, is an unconventional Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Designed in 1997 by noted Thai painter-turned-architect Chalermchai Kositpipat, this magnificent temple is a bizarre blend of traditional Thai architecture and the surreal. Continue reading »

This Buddhist Statue Likes It Hot

This Buddhist Statue Likes It Hot

Chuchok is a legendary character who became extremely rich from being a beggar. He is believed to bring wealth and luck, and some Thai Buddhists invite entertainers to dance in front of Chuchok’s statues to thank him for fulfilling their wishes. (Reuters) Continue reading »