futurelegend: (hiding in mirrors)
The Daibutsu (Great Buddha) is 15m tall, 500 tonnes of bronze and is housed in "what is reputedly the largest wooden building in the world." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todaiji_Temple

Inside the hall feels special; the way that powerful places do. I've never felt that so strongly in a place constructed as I do here.

The Temple is crowded but there is calmness in the space; it is built to permit contemplation of the Buddha. I cannot remember now if I first felt it soon after we entered, or if it was not until leaving. No matter. It came upon me as I stared at the threshold of the flames surrounding the Daibutsu and the darkened air in the Temple. That into this quiet space there becomes this immanence, flaming and heralded by the floating Bodhisattvas. And the Buddha sits, seeing, instantaneously and throughout time, called into being by my witnessing.

Even now, the memory is a sacred place in my mind; I have only to remember, to relive and the world shifts and I can feel everything buzzing with the joyous energy of what lies behind and within, so barely contained by lack of perception.

Large picture, which of course does not do it justice )


On the way out of the Temple, there was this poster:

Under here )


The Dharma that Rocks.


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