Today is the Duruthu Poya which falls on the full moon day of January the first month of the year and it is very significant in Buddhist history. This poya day is a great religious and historical day specially for Sri Lankans because it marks the Buddha's first visit to Sri Lanka on the ninth month after attaining enlightenment.
@necklaceofpearl has taken this amazing capture near The Avukana statue which has a height of more than 40 feet (12 m), and was carved out of a large granite rock face during the 5th century. It depicts a variation of the Abhaya mudra, and the closely worn robe is elaborately carved. Constructed during the reign of king Dhatusena, it may have been made as a result of a competition between a master and a pupil. The Avukana statue is one of the best examples of a standing statue constructed in ancient Sri Lanka.
Hey its Will @radflagdad with our first adventure of the weekend. Thanks to @hikeitbaby for letting @bombflagmom and I take over for the weekend!
Today we left Flagstaff and headed about 30 mile south down to Sedona. We spent some time in the Amithaba Stuba Peace Park before heading out on our hike to Chimney Rock. Between the vortex and the Peace Park the positive vibrations and energy were flowing freely! It's nice to find a way to break up the hike and we highly suggest this area for all age kiddos! Now for some info on the park.
A short trek up winding trails brings you to the 36 foot Amitabha Stupa and the smaller Tara Stupa for prayer, meditation, healing, and the experience of peace in a sacred place.
The stupa is one of the oldest forms of sacred architecture on earth, dating back to the time of the Buddha, 2600 years ago.
Stupas are mostly found in the East, where Buddhism first took root and flourished. They are indeed rare in the West. A stupa is considered to be the living presence of the Buddha and as such represents the Mind of Enlightenment. Stupas have been built to avert war, end famine, and promote prosperity and well-being. Their sole purpose is to bring benefit for all living beings, and the mystical accounts of the healing powers of stupas are well documented.
~ keep moving on ~
Letting things go. Living in the present moment.
There’s no use living in the past dwelling on things you just can’t change.
Accept it, learn from it, grow.
And if all else fails... Dance it out ✨