Impromptu Tour of Watt Munisotaram

Unexpectedly, a monk on-site noticed Sammy and I taking photos outside the temple and offered to show us around the temple, including the interior. We can’t wait to return in the near future when more of the site and temple is complete (possibly for Cambodian New Year)! Thanks again for being so warm and welcoming! 

February 12, 2017

Hampton, MN

Hsinbyume Pagoda - Mandalay, Myanmar

The Hsinbyume Pagoda is a uniquely shaped, white washed pagoda just outside of Mandalay. The Pagoda is topped with a gold spire, that enshrines an image of Buddha. The seven tiers of the pagoda feature niches, that contain small statues of mythological figures.

It is possible to climb to the top of the structure, where you will be treated to a great view of the Irrawaddy river, and nearby Mingun Pagoda. 


Some composition and lighting research for a storyboard exercice we’re doing at school. This is from the script of Apocalypse Now (I don’t visually recall this scene at all and of course that was the point of the excercice). There’s no order in there, eventhough you can kinda see the main parts. I’m not used to it and I’m having a lot of fun with this !:) Also these are photocopies and it looks sharper/nicer than the originals but shhhh…
(Edit: doesn’t look sharper nicer anymore because tumblr ate the quality aha)


Five-storied Pagoda (五重塔) by Albert Jafar
Via Flickr:
The Five-storied Pagoda was built in 942 along with the Main Hall of Sensoji (浅草寺) by military commander Taira no Kinmasa.

Series of Tibetan Mandalas from Buddhist Temple Walls.

Mandala can be shown to represent in visual form the core Essence of the Vajrayana teachings. The Mind is a Microcosm representing various Divine Powers at work in the Universe. The Mandala represents the Nature of the Pure Land, Enlightened Mind. While on the one hand, the Mandala is regarded as a place separated and protected from the ever-changing and impure outer world of Samsara, and is thus seen as a “Buddhafield” or a place of Nirvana and Peace, the view of Vajrayana Buddhism sees the greatest protection from Samsara being the Power to see Samsaric confusion as the “Shadow” of Purity (which then points towards it). Mandala can also represent the entire Universe, which is traditionally depicted with Mount Meru as the Axis Mundi in the Center, surrounded by the Continents.

In the Mandala, the outer circle of fire usually symbolises Wisdom. The ring of eight charnel grounds represents the Buddhist exhortation to be always mindful of Death, and the impermanence with which Samsara is suffused: “such locations were utilized in order to confront and to realize the transient nature of life.” Inside these rings lie the walls of the Mandala Palace itself, specifically a place populated by Deities and Buddhas.