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A 3 story tall Buddha and Ancient pipes, relics and jewels…

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            I started to smell wifts of good smelling incense and other burning papers from about 2 blocks away. I didn’t comprehend that it was the temples offerings and paid homage’s to Buddha and his fellow friends (other gods, essentially “saints” ect.). The entrance is a parking lot inside the walls that enclose this temple. It’s hard to miss since this is the only building with this type of architecture for at least 5 or so blocks. I liked this tour although I don’t know the price I don’t think it is worth it unless you’re Buddhist and want/need to pray for some reason.

We walked from prayer house to homage building and to other prayer places inside the temple walls.

Not the biggest buddah
I enjoyed the Chinese architecture and watching Buddhists pay homage’s and ask for help in there busy lives. I enjoyed it a lot because I learned a lot about how committed and intense some of these followers are. I observed a college age student and his father go to every prayer building and alter and pray. This prayer has 3 steps… Palms down and bow, palms up bow then bow deep into your knees (there are some variations).

      I had 2 favorite parts besides smelling free incense for an hour or so. The first was seeing some of the lama’s (followers) learning there and seeing them study in this huge open air building. Hands down for my most favorite part was this 3 story building incased Buddha! I stood in amazement for nearly 10 minutes.

I learned from my friend and a sigh that this 18 meter high Buddha was made from one tree from a Nepalese (Nepal) forest and took 2.5 years to make and 3 years to transport. This is the most amazing part… listen to this because most these buildings were built in the 16 to 17th century so how in the hell did this get here??? Truly Amazing! Most unfortunately the temple didn’t not allow any photos in any of the temples so I wasn’t able to savory the moment forever! You are allowed to take pic’s outside though so I took a snap at him but, all you can see in the picture is of a Big Buddha foot. After this we went and went shopping again but, this time I was on the hunt for a prize hookah which I never found but alas stumbled upon a better find! I found some pipes and other relics that were very ancient, real and since I bargained extra hard affordable.
The 3 story high buddah but only his foot!
I went from store to store looking for a hookah but never found one but, kept seeing these pipes they were so cool. I have been smoking a pipe for the last year and I got my first one in NYC from an Indian man that was selling them on a street side vendor so it was time for a new pipe. These just happened to be pipes with history. I almost in one shop before I went back to settle on these to pipes bought on accident a coccaine smokine pipe which is bigger and cheaper (I dont know why but I had a wierd feeling about the pipe when it had Karma Sutra pictures on it) So I was like yeahhhh I dont want this thanks...(and left). I ended up buying 2 pipes after 2 hours of looking through all of these relics and pipes, medallions, carpets and knives. One dates back to the Qing Dynasty and is made of a dark bamboo and brass (I think).
While the other was is a century old made of pure silver with dragons inlayed in the bowl. I had to spend 30 min. haggling with her to give me both pipes for a mere 355 Yuan (but I paid 350.5) and she took it cause I didn’t want to spend/ break my last 100 Yuan. I wish I could have bought more in the store but, it was expensive for the most part. I wish I would have remembered my camera so you guys could see the relics and statues and ect. Stacked up like the wands in Olivanders Wand shop in the Harry Potter films. This was truly a great and one of a kind find!

AdrenalineJunkie13 says:
you wouldn't believe it like the whole time I was like ehhh this place is ok then I saw this huge buddah and I couldn't stop staring for like 10 min. unbelievable!
Posted on: Jul 03, 2008
RJ82 says:
wow too bad they wouldnt allow you take a pic of the buddah. i guess ill have to see it in person now. =]
Posted on: Jul 02, 2008
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