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A portrait of a buddha

Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Japanese lilacs line the edge of the reflection pond.

Mucalinda Buddha Statue.JPG
A statue of the Buddha shielded by Mucalinda, a snake like being who shielded the Buddha from the elements after the Buddha's enlightenment.

5000 buddhas, all with the names of different donors ($200 donation per buddha) will eventually line the floors and walls of the lower and upper levels of the stupa.

Two men, a monk and a volunteer, carefully slather gold paint onto the miniature statues of the Buddha.

Buddha with hands crossed in lap in the dhyana or meditation mudra, legs in the single lotus position, looking very hungry and ascetic. Having the statue under a tree in the midst of meditation might represent the Buddha meditating under the Bodhi…

White Buddha statue scene with the grass represents when the Buddha was born. Buddha Shakyamuni was born as a royal prince in 624 BC in a place called Lumbini, in what is now Nepal.

This Buddha is the Buddha who has yet to come to earth. Known as Maitreya in Sanskrit and Metteyya in Pali, this Buddha is regarded as a bodhisattva who will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma.…

The wheels around the stupa and the temple represent the dhamma (dharma in Sanskrit). Dhamma is widely defined to be the words of the Buddha, the practice of his teaching, and the attainment of enlightenment. Dhamma is not just doctrines; it is…