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Friday, June 13, 2014

The unexpected in the countryside of Burgundy, France...Temple of 1000 Buddhas


Tucked away amid pastures full of white Charolais cattle grazing under perfect blue skies is a piece of another world... the Temple of 1000 Buddhas, a richly detailed Himalayan style Tibetan Buddhist temple surrounded by stupas on the outside and housing monumental statues of Tara, the Buddha and Manjushri in the interior. It was the first Himalayan temple to be built in Europe and was officially inaugurated in the summer of 1987, although the temple was founded in 1974. It is a striking and beautifully executed site full of colour and energy.