Photo Friday:Buddha’s Mesmerizing Eyes

Buddha's Mesmerizing Eyes On practically every Buddhist Stupa in Nepal (and there are thousands) there are a giant pair of decorated eyes glaring at you from all 4 sides of the stupa. They are Buddha’s eyes, or his wisdom eyes, and symbolize the all-seeing or all-knowing of Buddha. However, these eyes have become more than just the eyes of Buddha. With the boom of tourism in recent years, they’ve become a symbol of Nepal. They’re... Read More

Ajanta Caves: Ancient Artistry

  They will crumble your concept of time… if only for a brief respite from India’s current craziness! The artistry & craftsmanship on show at Ajanta is unbelievable, especially considering the time period they were created in. The caves date back to the 2nd century BC, with construction continuing until around the 7th century AD. In all, there are 27 caves, similar in some respects, contrasting in others, but each & every... Read More

Photo Friday: Beaming Buddha

  A Beaming Red Buddha at the Ajanta Caves in India   We found this beaming buddhist statue lurking in the ancient caves at Ajanta. Dating as far back as the 2nd century BC, the artistry of the sculptures & paintings at these impressive caves is a sight to behold. Even the modern lighting creates capitaviting captures in this ancient wonder.    Read More

Top Temples in Korea

Buddhism is a central theme of Korean culture & has been for centuries. As the country has become more westernised buddhism has retracted somewhat, now only the second most popular religion behind christianity. Despite the religion’s retreat buddhism is still an integral part of Korean history & the amazing temple designs are a common sight in Korean architecture even outside temple complexes. Anyone who has traveled in Asia may well suffer... Read More

Photo Friday: The Enlightening Lotus

  Enlightening Lotus Lanterns at Inwangsa   This week’s photo was taken on a recent trip to Seoul. We walked up a steep incline to a small temple on Inwang mountain, overlooking the murky metropolitan that is Seoul sprawled to the horizon. Inside the temple were these fantastic lotus lanterns, illuminating the hermitage with their pretty pink glow. The colour was radiant & added a great warmth to the already awesome atmosphere. The... Read More

Seokbulsa Temple: Stone Buddha

Whilst living in Korea we have visited countless temples. While I enjoy a good temple, it’s still fair to say that the vast majority lack a distinct feature & are substantially the same. This is NOT true of Seokbulsa. Temples in Korea are typically dominated by wooden structures. Seokbulsa means ‘stone buddha temple’, & it lives up to its name. Smaller than nearby Beomeosa (where we did our templestay), Seokbulsa is often... Read More

Attempting ‘Buddahood’ (Korean Temple Stay)

Since our arrival in Korea 8 months ago, we’ve heard so much buzz surrounding temple stay programs. It is a perfect opportunity for travelers to experience Buddhism, living amongst the temple’s monks for 2 long days and one short night. For me it was the chance to try to understand this fascinating religion that I know so little about. In the last 10 months I have visited dozens & dozens of temples spread all over South East Asia... Read More

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