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Crystal Palace

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Photo Essay - Close Encounters of The Buddhist Kind
« on: January 29, 2011, 04:27:38 PM »
Some very interesting pictures here. I am definitely visiting Thailand as soon as I can.

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/01/20/close_encounters_of_the_buddhist_kind?page=0,10

There's something about the saffron color that attracts, seduces almost.

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Matthew

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Re: Photo Essay - Close Encounters of The Buddhist Kind
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2011, 12:11:47 AM »
The army like regimentation is not attractive.
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dragoneye

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Re: Photo Essay - Close Encounters of The Buddhist Kind
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2011, 02:15:30 AM »
Nor skillful? I share both of your sentiments; I resist dogma though.
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Daiho

Re: Photo Essay - Close Encounters of The Buddhist Kind
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2011, 03:21:33 AM »
Thank you for sharing this.  The photos are quite impressive, but as I was looking through them I wondered, what happened to the poor people in Thailand?  Has hunger, illiteracy and exploitation been so drastically reduced that the sangha now finds itself with excess cash to spend on such ceremonies?

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Re: Photo Essay - Close Encounters of The Buddhist Kind
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2011, 10:34:53 AM »
Amazing visual spectacle but apart from the size of the event and the visual scale, it looks quite orthodox.

I saw something similar from Taiwan sometime recently, with Mahayana nuns.

It's the Age of Big.

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Re: Photo Essay - Close Encounters of The Buddhist Kind
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2011, 04:27:50 AM »

It's the Age of Big.

Quantity, rather.

Echoing the posts before, the illusory undercurrent is ugly.  Still, the scenes are beautiful and while they only may be so on that level, it's something.

 

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