Behind this fence, bushes and trees is a Amida Buddha, the largest of its kind outside Japan.
It is located in Lahaina, Maui HI (Mala Warf) and known as the
Lahaina Jodo Mission, Buddhist Temple
Not many see this place as beautiful. Very few visitors of the island would put this place as must-see attraction. Well, we find Buddha as Beautiful and delighted to show you the grounds of Lahaina Jodo Mission, Buddhist Temple
There were no signs that dogs are not allowed.
However, in respect to a very symbolic surroundings mom asked me to stay at the front entrance while she takes photos of the grounds. Mom also said there no photos of me will be taken inside the grounds. From where I was standing, I did see the side profile of the Amida Buddha, the Buddha of Infinite Light and the embodiment of compassion and wisdom.
It my pleasure to share you some of the photos my mom took while I waited for her.
The Amida Buddha and the Temple Bell were completed in June 1968, in commemoration of the Centennial Celebration of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. The temple bell weighs 3000 lbs that is rung 11 times each evening at 8PM, with each ring having a significant meaning.
Amida Buddha was cast in Kyoto, Japan( 1967-1968). It is made of copper and bronze, stands 12 feet high and weighs approximately three and one-half tons.
In 1970, the main Temple and Pagoda were built with the help of the public and generosity of the members of the mission.
The temple is beautiful and consist of unique Buddhist architectural structures.
One of the interesting features is the solid copper shingles which cover the roof of both temple and pagoda. All of these shingles were individually formed by hand and are interlocked on all four sides to make a solid copper sheathing.
Second feature is inside the temple, where you’ll see beautiful floral ceiling paintings by a Japanese artist Hajin Iwasaki.
It’s a functioning temple as we see many temple goers on the weekend.
It’s a serene place to visit during the week.
Hope you enjoyed another edition of Sugar’s Golden Tours, Lahaina, Maui, HI
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