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|THE BYODO-IN TEMPLE
Located in the beautiful Valley of the Temples on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, this spectacular complex is a replica of the 900-year-old Byodo-in Temple located near Kyoto, Japan. The original temple was a major center of Pure Land Buddhism, a school of the Mahayana tradition that emphasizes the role of the
Set against a breathtaking mountain backdrop, the Hawaiian Byodo-in was built in 1968. Inside is a 9-foot gilded and lacquered wooden statue of Amida Buddha, the central figure of the Pure Land school. Trust in Amida centered on the belief that at the moment of death, he would transport the faithful person to the “Western Paradise”, a blissful Buddhist Heaven, where the journey to enlightenment would be completed without further suffering. This Buddha image is said to be the largest carved in over 900 years.
The temple grounds include a Meditation House and a 5-foot, 3-ton brass Peace Bell. The landscaping includes traditional Japanese gardens and a 2-acre koi pond.
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