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Inside the Byodo-In Temple on Oahu is a nine-foot Lotus Buddha. It is the largest wooden Buddha carved in over 900 years and is covered in gold and lacquer. So serene and beautiful, I wanted to stay for hours just basking in the glow and serenity I felt.

This is dedicated to my lovely spiritually inclined friends -

 

Here are photos of the Byodo-In Temple in Oahu.  It's a replica of a Buddhist temple built 900 years ago in Japan. The Koolau mountains are in the background. 

 

I hope these photos can convey something of what I felt while I was there. I have never felt as serene as I did when I stepped on this ground.  It was raining, but the air was sweet and clean.  I felt this calmness, and I hope I can keep some of that feeling within me when I come home.

 

Right now I am reading "Live in a Better Way: Reflections on Truth, Love, and Happiness," which someone compiled from the Dalai Lama. It has reminded me that what I have considered important in the past few months, really isn't and that I haven't been as happy as I would like.  I wanted to take this time in Hawaii to find out exactly what I am missing in my life.  And really, I'm not missing anything.  I am just not appreciating all that my life offers.

 

I think this quote is awe inspiring - To see what your past was like, look at your body today.  To see what your future will be like, look at your mind today.

 

With much love,

Jack

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Inside the Byodo-In Temple on Oahu…
Inside the Byodo-In Temple on Oah…
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This is a replica of a Buddhist t…
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Blue variation on a latern.
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