Hall of Buddhas

The five caves in the Dambulla temple were filled with a total of 153 Buddha statues. In addition there are statues of 3 Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses. The only one I recognized was Lord Ganesh a very important god in the area of India I currently call home. I am not sure…

Monochrome Monday: Lady On A Boat

I saw this woman on the boat while we were heading back to the Thai mainland from Koh Samed. By the standards of Western media, she would not be considered beautiful. Her face has some wrinkles, her hair had significant elements of graying. Both are signs of aging and, if we would believe the spew of the…

Dambulla Cave Temple

The Dambulla Cave Temple is a Buddhist site which dates back to the 1st century BC. It is believed that Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautama about 620 years prior to the birth of Christ. This complex was built beneath an overhanging rock outcropping and consists of 5 caves, each filled with Buddha statues. The site provided a beautiful…

The Mystical Lotus

The pond at Dumbala contained a single, purple lotus flower, the purple lotus speaks of spirituality and mysticism. Just a single purple lotus surrounded by a half dozen of the pink variants representing purity of the body, speech, and mind. The juxtaposition of these two variants of lotus seems appropriate as, to achieve transcendent levels of…