Saturday, October 3, 2009

Candi Borobudur, the Biggest Buddhist Temple in 9th Century
















This ancient temple is located in Indonesia, at the city of Djokjakarta. Borobudur is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The temple is decorated with 2,672 sculpture artwork and 504 Buddha statues in it. The main big statue called Stupa is located at the top center of the temple surrounded by 72 Buddha statues. The temple is the sacred place to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist religion and for the spirituality in it. The journey of spirituality begins at the base of the temple and follows the path to the top of the temple through the 3 levels of Buddhist cosmology, Kamadhatu (the world desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms), and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). The temple was rediscovered by the British people in 1859 after thousands years was covered by the jungle of trees and greens. This temple showed that the religion of Buddhism was influenced from India, all the way to Indonesia. This is the statue of Buddha inside the Stupa. If you can touch the Buddha statue inside the Stupa, then your dream or wish will come true.
-Devina T, period 7

4 comments:

pologirl77 said...

I find it interesting how the spiritual journey goes up the temple. I also like the idea of touching the statue and one's wishes and dreams coming true. I wish I could touch the statue and have my dreams come true!

Savannah said...

This was really cool, I've never heard of it before. It makes me want to go there and try and touch the Buddha! Haha.

Joey said...

I wonder if it is physically possible to even touch the buddha?

NonaB said...

I had no idea that this was another wonder of the world! It is such a large monument and it is hard to believe that it could have been completely hidden by the jungle and found thousands of years later. The temple sounds very beautiful with all of the artwork and statues. It probably took a long time to build! This was a very interesting article.