Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare ( Offering)

This week’s DP photo challenge is Rare.

I have never posted this photo as it was inadvertently focused; I should have focused it on the dragon head.DSCF0625

The picture was taken in a temple in Macau.

I have seen incense and oranges being offered in temple; but never have I seen the offerings placed on a wooden dragon boat like altar.

Isn’t this rare?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Faces

This week’s DP Photo Challenge is Faces.

At the Bayon Temple in Cambodia, there sits 216 gigantic faces of the Buddha.CSC_0302A

Many of them are arranged in a minaret of four faces looking in four orthogonal directions.

The faces look similar but, in fact, each of them is different – they are all hand crafted.DSC_0399

Here, I have handpicked three of the faces which I found most impressive.

They all seem to be smiling; they all look benevolent too.IMGP1185

They are all mesmerizing, please enjoy🙂

Up Up to the Sky

While travelling in Yunnan, China, I captured this photo of some temples.

The interesting thing is that at the corners of the eaves of the temples, there are funny decorations pointing to the sky.DSC_0262

To me, they look like dragons, dancing upwards to the sky.

I could only marvel at the attention of details to this roof construction.

Not sure whether there is some mythology behind it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind ( Temple)

I wasn’t sure what was on my mind when seeing this in the Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong.

There was a big bronze bowl which has a face molded on it. The bowl full of sand was for insertion of the incense sticks.IMG_6829

Smoke from the incense sticks coming up to the air.

At the same time, light from the roof above was glancing down as the sun was setting.

I had a state of mind which I have never experienced.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Weightless ( Smoke )

Lately, the DP Photo Challenges are getting more and more difficult to handle.

This week, the theme of the challenge is Weightless.

I am sure smoke has weight too.DSCF0162A

Things that have mass have weight.

Smoke particles, which has mass,  must carry some weight.

Nevertheless, they seem to be floating away from these incense sticks.

The picture was taken in Man Mo Temple, Hong Kong.

It not only appears weightless, but also timeless!

The Light that Shines through the Ginkgo Leaves

I was thinking of drafting a post on the Trees and Roots on the Milford Track; but on going through my archive, I found this picture which I thought should be uploaded now.DSCF2555B

The light was shining through the foliage, when we visited the HongLuo Temple in the outskirts of Beijing a couple of years ago.

I have seen many ginkgo trees before but this one was at its best with the light shining through, making the leaves more or less translucent.

The Golden Luohans and the Red Monks

You may notice that I have started a series on The Temple of Ten Thousand Buddhas.

This is a strange sight as you climb up the hill on your way to the temple.

Spread over the hillside are some Luohans or Arhats.CIMG7334

They are not only coated in gold, but they have different expressions / postures.

Some of them are mounted on an animal too.

Very interesting!

The only view that I have seen and, in a way similar to this one, is the view I saw in the hills of HungLuo Temple, Beijing.DSCF2610

In the forest, there are dozens of monks who are clothed in red.

The picture shows the rear views of the monk statues.

I have pictures of their front views too but they are too disrupted from the shadows cast onto the statutes.

Please enjoy🙂