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Thursday, 30 August 2012
The Tibetan Temple


There are three floors to the Temple.  The top floor consists of a shrine to the Medicine Buddha.  On a monthly basis (on the eighth day of the Tibetan calendar) prayers are said to the Medicine Buddha. Apart from these prayers and occasional guided tours, this area of the temple is not generally open to the public.

The first floor, also not open to the public, contains a shrine and private accommodation for visiting high Lamas.

On the ground floor is the main shrine, which is divided into three sections, the front section hosting the shrine itself and the two other sections being used for weekend workshops. On big occasions the whole shrine is opened up and the dividing partitions are removed.

Here is a picture of the main shrine room, called Lhakang in Tibetan (which means ‘Palace of the God’, indicating that representations of enlightened beings are present):


Relics or images of the historical Buddha… are not for worship.  Instead, the statues, relics and images are to provide inspiration for what we can achieve by following the Buddha’s teachings.  They also serve as a support for our respect and devotion to the teachings.

Here’s one I took earlier - a photograph of the Samye Ling Temple in December 2003, during a snow storm:


The quotes above are extracted from the Samye Ling Website.  You can read more about the temple here.

Posted by bigblue on 30/08/2012 at 08:58 AM
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