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Entries in Shwedagon Pagoda (16)


Under the Watchful Eye of the Buddha

Young monks at Shwedagon Pagoda find a shady spot to escape the Yangon sun. [NOTE: The plastic bag was filled with little bean cakes.  I know, because they offered me some after I took their picture. May all beings be happy.]


Shwedagon Buddha

I keep coming across lovely images from my Sunday walks through Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon (see Sunday at Shwedagon). [NOTE: Never noticed that Buddha's hands are depicted with pink fingernails in some representations.]


Sweeping Shwedagon

Female lay practitioners form a line with their brooms and slowly move through the Shwedagon Pagoda sweeping the marble floor.  They do this once a week. [NOTE: The pagoda complex extends over 6.0 hectares; there's a lot to sweep.]


Nat Worship

Prior to the arrival of Buddhism in Myanmar, animistic spirits known as Nats were commonly worshipped. When King Anawrahta came to power in the 11th century, however, he wanted to make Theravada Buddhism the national faith and he ordered the destruction of all the Nat shrines in the kingdom. This didn't work at all, and when the King saw that he was turning people away from Buddhism - rather than destroying their faith in Nats - he rescinded his order and allowed Nats to be worshiped and displayed at Buddhist temples together with arhats. The image above shows a prominent group of Nats at Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon. [NOTE: King Anawrahta also added a 37th Nat, Thagyamin, to the existing list of spirits and crowned him "King of the Nats".] 



Another Bo Tree

This large Ficus religiosa is growing in one of the side pavilions of the Shwedagon Pagoda (see Sunday at Shwedagon) in Yangon, Myanmar. The tree was reportedly started from a cutting taken from the original bodhi tree at Bodh Gaya, India. The gold statue of Shakyamuni Buddha sitting beneath the tree is exquisite. 


This Moment in Myanmar

There's so much happening in this country.  Most of it bad news.  And then there's the stillness, calm abiding, and hope of this moment...  

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