The mind is the forerunner of all conditions, there is nothing that is not mind created.
Anyway the Thai temple in Bodh Gaya is a magnificent marble temple built for pilgrims. Most Buddhist countries were represented. Lo0ok up Bodh Gaya.
Several Buddhist temples and monasteries have been built by the people of Bhutan, China, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam in a wide area around the Mahabodhi Temple. These buildings reflect the architectural style, exterior and interior decoration of their respective countries. The statue of Buddha in the Chinese temple is 200 years old and was brought from China. Japan’s Nippon temple is shaped like a pagoda. The Myanmar (Burmese) temple is also pagoda shaped and is reminiscent of Bagan. The Thai temple has a typical sloping, curved roof covered with golden tiles. Inside, the temple holds a massive bronze statue of Buddha.
I used to stand on his hand to dust his face. I was there for about 4 months 3 of which I spent serving the monks. Then I was ordained as Jnanabodhi , knower of enlightenment. Bit of a contradiction in terms really. It was rather splendid being carried around the temple, the Thai press were there and about 20 westerners starting a meditation course. I was embarrassed before I learnt to give it up. A Buddhist goes up to a hot dog stand and says “Can you make me one with everything” . (Robin Williams , Bi-Centennial Man) . I used to sit in the temple and chant the Dhammapada (in the Library) in Pali, i had this great little book that had Pali on one side and English on the other. It would take me about 3 days. Anyway, jeez so sorry Mr Digress moi, at the back about a mile away stood the Japanese temple. They had a huge bell just like the one in the picture with a tree trunk to hit it. I used to watch in the dawns early light, through ground mist, the bell being struck. Some time later I would hear the sound. Love 3d rl.
The video below is me doing Tai Chi in Second Life, the well known cybercommunity. I chose “Fade To Grey” as until they rez everything in Second Life is grey. Bit like life really.
…………………………………………………………To Be Continued but first this>>>>> I had to reduce its size for the blog. If you click HERE you can see it properly tho this works.