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Stupas At Wat Pho

Stupas At Wat Pho

Very obvious from the title that these are stupas at Wat Pho or Reclining Buddha in Bangkok. If you go to any temple complex you will see stupas all over the place. If you are desperate to learn more feel free to click on the link. Wikipedia knows everything. The internet, in theory making people smarter but mostly used for social outrage from anonymous people passing judgement on others. I just want to point out that editing this was a…

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Golden Idols

Golden Idols

This was taken at Wat Nong Yai in Thailand. The same place as Stupa Steps was taken. These two were tucked under a small awning providing shade near the stupa. For the uninitiated the statue on the right is Buddha. The one on the left is Ch’i-t’zu who was a Chinese monk. It gets complex and if you want to read about it follow this link. In Thai Buddhism you will see all sorts of stuff mixed in. It’s not at…

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Stupa Steps

Stupa Steps

This is another from Thailand I never published. Unlike others, this one makes a glorious HDR so I’m going with it! This image is from Wat Nong Yai which using my craptasitc Thai translates to Younger Big Temple. Nong means younger and yai means big. Thai being a tonal language I’m totally guessing since translation into English doesn’t always work cleanly unless you hear the words or can read Thai. My limited understanding means I miss tones a lot and I…

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Steps To The Buddha

Steps To The Buddha

This is an old one that I was really saving to publish to Instagram. I have been out shooting most of the day so I’m a wee bit too tired to edit. Plus when this goes live it’s a holiday here in America so took advantage of it by photographing most of the long weekend. The stairs with the naga guarding the them leading to the Buddha is at Wat Phra Yai. It was the first Buddhist temple I ever…

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Can I Help You?

Can I Help You?

If you go to enough temples in Thailand you realize that the dogs, cats, chickens, roosters, and various other forms of animal life are a common sight. They aren’t pets, they just live there because the monks take care of them by feeding them. I don’t recommend picking one up and scratching them or really engaging with them. There are some unhealthy animals there and vaccinations aren’t high on the monks to do list. Rule of thumb is look but…

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Guardians At The Gate

Guardians At The Gate

Why are there two elephants guarding the entrance to this temple complex? Well, my quick search turned up the fact that Buddha’s mother was unable to have a child until she dreamed of a white elephant entering her. So I can see why it’s important to Buddhism. You also need to understand that Buddhism comes from India where the elephant is revered because of Ganesh. Thai Buddhism draws heavily on Hinduism. It’s not uncommon to see lots of Hindu elements…

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Path To Enlightenment

Path To Enlightenment

This was one of those random temples I visited. I previously published the Buddha in see on the right. As I started to go through all the images I shot I saw this image and thought it was cool as well. I like how the path leads to the temple itself. The building on the left is a bell tower that you can ring. It looked to be undergoing some repairs so I never got up close to shoot it. The…

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Buddha In The Clouds

Buddha In The Clouds

Another visit to a small local temple here in Thailand. This one is a quick ride up the road from the condo I rented. I would provide names but to be honest, I am horrible with directions and I don’t really pay attention. I just drive until I see obvious temple gates and then pull in. Not all temples are the same. Each one has its own unique style to it. There are certain features that remain the same but as…

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From The Dragon’s Mouth

From The Dragon’s Mouth

This was at the cool little temple complex I found while traveling about here in Thailand. I have no idea what its supposed to represent but its not often you walk into a temple and see a small lake with a dragon statue in it. To get this shot I had to wait for a young couple to finish making merit. The lady was releasing turtles into the water, setting them free hence, the making of merit because you are…

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Buddha and the Spirit Tree

Buddha and the Spirit Tree

I am feeling better from my Avian-Swine Flu Hybrid (still self diagnosed) so I figured I owed it to Buddha to process some more images.  Two different cameras, one the Olympus OMD-EM5 and the other the Canon 330HS.  I leave it up others to figure out which is which but without looking at the file names.    

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