The Monastery of 10,000 Buddhas

It was another great day today--lots of interesting presentations, and my panel was today as well:  here I am with my co-presenters.

But mostly what I want to share is my visit to the monastery of 10,000 Buddhas.  When I was here with my beloved mentor from Wartburg, Duane Priebe, I vividly remember visiting this place, and being totally amazed by it.  So, this time I was determined to find it again!  It took some doing--I could see it on a nearby hill, but without wings, how to get there?  Lots and lots of steep stairs down, and then lots and lots of steep stairs up, it turns out--but oh, was it worth it.  There are literally over 10,000 Buddhas in the main hall (in the first picture, every little golden speck you see is a Buddha--and that doesn't even begin to show you the scale.  (You can only take pictures outside, not inside.). Plus, the whole rest of the complex is filled with a variety of different statues, all of which are beautiful.  See for yourself.