Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Great Second Life Destinations: The Beautiful Buddhist Temple Complex at Bordobudur Indonesia

This is an absolutely gorgeous destination to visit and a must-see on your exploration of Second Life. Make sure to walk the pathways of the temples and marvel how well done the architectural effects are. This is the best real-life addition to Second Life in quite some time.

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An Actual Photograph of the Borobudur Temple Complex in Indonesia

Information taken from Wikipedia

Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues. Built in the 9th century the temple's design in Gupta architecture reflects India's influence on the region and shows influence of Buddhism as well as Hinduism. The monument is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage.

The journey for pilgrims begins at the base of the monument and follows a path around the monument and ascends to the top through three levels symbolic of Buddhist cosmology: Kāmadhātu (the world of desire), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and Arupadhatu (the world of formlessness). The monument guides pilgrims through an extensive system of stairways and corridors with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the walls and the balustrades.

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