Sunday, March 11, 2007

A kind of Buddhist image in Japan, Yakushiji Temple

This Buddhist image is not Buddha himself but one of many Buddhist gods. This is a god for curing injured or sick people and making them feel better. So people pray to the status for them. This status used to be covered with gold but now the gold has worn off the status totally. The status has been left because this temple had been enough money to buy gold for it. But the oxdized copper on the surface and the modest smile add the limpid but profound depths to the status.

I think this status is one of the greatest status in Japan.


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