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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Little Buddha in Lumbini Garden of Dong Zen

This is the entrance to the Lumbini Garden of Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom. This garden is a replica of the park where Prince Siddharta (Gautama Buddha) was born.

This is a statue of Little Buddha underneath a trellis arbor of japanese honeysuckle (lonicera japonica) vine featured in my previous Sunday post. Here, he is standing on a lotus flower.

During Buddha's time, Lumbini was a beaudiful garden park at the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains, 25km away from Kapilavastu city, Nepal. As we know, Gautama Buddha (563-483 BCE) was the founder of Buddhism.

Statues of Buddha or Little Buddha such as the one pictured above are considered sacred and should be treated with utmost respect. Here, it is placed on a stone pedestal, higher from the ground. Devotees come here to pay homage and pray.

Hopefully, these statues or stone structures are not found in posh toilets, backyards or other disrespectful places. Do you agree with me?

Botanical name: Jatropha integerrima
Common name: Spicy Jatropha, Coral Plant, Peregrina, Physic Nut
Country of Origin: Cuba
The manicured shrub with red flowers in the picture above is a jatropha plant. As you can see, the flowers are very beautiful with striking red petals and bright yellow stamens. Behind this jatropha plant is a graceful willow tree and the arbor that houses the Little Buddha.

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  1. The Lumbini Garden is a lovley place, all the flowers are wonderful. I really like the jatropha plant, it is gorgeous. I wish I could have one in my yard. Thanks for sharing the gardens.

  2. Thanks for the peek at the garden.

  3. Great shot of a beautiful garden. Thank You.
    greetings from Norway.

  4. It's a gorgeous garden!

    I find it amazing that they could replicate the park, considering that his birth was such a long time ago. I wonder what they used to base it on. Oh, don't mind me — I'm just forever curious! ;)

    Happy Sunday!

  5. Eileen, Irene, Hagemor, Hilda, thank you very much for the visit and nice comments.

    Now, Hilda's question got me thinking too. I guess reconstruction would have been a better word than 'replica'. I'm sure this garden was designed based on well documented Buddhist scriptures and books. Perhaps a little bit of imagination was added too.

  6. As always...great shot..congrats


  7. I have taken part in Scenic Sunday, through your site.

    Happy Sunday.

  8. These are just beautiful view!

  9. A lovely garden, thanks for sharing this. So much green, so fresh looking. We've been in drought so long it's a pleasure to see.


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