Buddha in the Jungle Highlands

This peaceful buddha looks out across the mist and fog on a relaxing morning…

Buddha in the Jungle Highlands

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Archway overlooking the foggy jungles of Indonesia

It was foggy… and it was jungly….

Archway overlooking the foggy jungles of Indonesia

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The Exposed Temple Hall and the Third Stage of Enlightenment

The Buddhist Temple of Borobudur has several concentric levels, each going higher and higher, each level a more significant plane of enlightenment. Monks are supposed to start at the bottom and spiral their way to the top, contemplating the countless reliefs and 500+ Buddha statues. I spent almost the entire weekend there and made the walk more times than most of the monks. Plus I was carrying a tripod and not wearing sweat-wisking robes… I don’t know if this means I am more enlightened or just more tired.

The Exposed Temple Hall and the Third Stage of Enlightenment

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Caged Buddhas High in the Temple in Borobudur

The stupa is covered with Buddhas, most of which are encased in these bell-shaped cages. Early during the sunrise, I went around from cage to cage to peer inside with a flashlight. Every buddha is holding his hands in a slightly different arrangement. It was super dark and moody while I was there, and I was going to freak out if I peered in on one of them, and his pose was to block the flashlight from his eyes.

Caged Buddhas High in the Temple in Borobudur

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The Explosion of Kids in Indonesia

I was absolutely deluged by kids that had never seen a white person in person before.  After the sunrise, when I was pretty much alone, a bus pulled up from a remote part of Java and tons of kinds poured out and started running all over the temple.  All of them wanted their picture taken with me, as if I was some sort of goofy Baluga that had washed up on the temple steps.  They were all very happy and fun, so I asked them to sit on the corner of Borobudur for a group shot.

The Explosion of Kids in Indonesia

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