Monywa, Maha Bodhi Ta Htaung (1)


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In the hills South East of Monywa is the Maha Bodhi Ta Htaung, a Burmese monastery known for its two giant images of the Buddha. The images on top of a hill dominate the area and can be seen from far away. The large grounds at the foot of the hill is dotted with thousands of seated Buddha images under Bodhi trees

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    2. 2. Maha Bodhi Ta Htaung (lit. 'a thousand great Bo trees') is a famous Buddhist region and monastery located in Monywa Township, Myanmar (Burma). It is famous for the Giant Standing Buddha statue, the second largest in the world, and for the Gratitude's of U Narãda, who built the monastery.
    3. 3. Maha Bodhi Ta Htaung was founded by Maha Bodhi Ta Htaung Sayadaw Ven Nãrada on the 5th May, 1960. He planted thousands of Bo trees throughout his life. He started to plant them on a 15 acres (6.1 ha) plot, with Nan Oo Sayadaw, the grandson of King Mindon.
    4. 4. Before he reached this monastery, the monastery is just one for Khatakkan villagers. Now, the 15 acres (0.061 km2) Bodhi Ta Htaung (One Thousand Bo Trees) Auspicious Ground has been extended to a 250 acres (1.0 km2), it is lush and green with more than 9,000 Bo trees. The monastery is famous in both Myanmar and the world since it has got many thousands of
    5. 5. The large grounds at the foot of the hill is dotted with thousands of Bodhi trees. The Bodhi tree is highly revered, because it is the tree under which the Buddha meditated and reached enlightenment. Under every tree is an image of the Buddha seated under a pedestal.
    6. 6. Bo trees hold religious significance for Buddhists since it is the tree under which Buddha attained enlightenment.
    7. 7. Ficus religiosa, the Bodhi - or Botree ('tree of wisdom'), under which Gautama Buddha gained enlightenment in Buddha-Gaya (modern Bihar, India), has become a sacred tree to Buddhists.
    8. 8. The Full moon Day of Kason (according to the Myanmar Calendar early May) is a day of three - fold significance: the Day the Buddha was born, the day He attained Enlightenment and the Day of His Demise.
    9. 9. All over the Myanmar, men and women of all ages go to pagodas in procession to pour water at the root of sacred 'BoTree' or 'Bodhi' tree under which the Buddha attained Enlightenment .
    10. 10. Carrying water pots on their heads, the lines of people make up a picturesque parade indeed, as they are usually accompanied by a music troupe whose flutes, cymbals, drums and bamboo clappers add a note of gaiety to the festival.
    11. 11. They always walk in the clockwise direction. The worshippers chant verses in praise of Buddha.
    12. 12. The site contains thousands of Buddha images and Bo trees, the Giant Reclining Buddha Image, Aung Sakkyã Pagoda, and other large Buddha Images in the Sãsanǎ region. Many Buddhist monks can study the Buddhist Pariyatti literature at the monastery. Moreover, meditation centres or Vipassãnã centres are opened at the monastic region both for monks and laypersons.
    13. 13. At the foot of the hill is the Aung Sakkya Pagoda, completed in 1979. The 70 meter high pagoda consists of a white base and a golden stupa topped with a hti, an ornamental top element found on most Burmese pagoda’s
    14. 14. The Aung Sakkya Pagoda is surrounded by over a thousand small pagoda’s enshrining images of the Buddha. Next to the Aung Sakkya pagoda is an ornate pavilion with a multi tiered Pyatthat roof.
    15. 15. Spread out across the grounds are several more Buddha images and chedi’s.
    16. 16. Buddhists in Myanmar believe that more Buddha images are better. Hundreds of thousands are not uncommon.
    17. 17. Burmese art has been influenced primarily by Theravada Buddhism and the culture of the Mon people, with additional influences from India, Thailand, and China. Themes are commonly drawn from Buddhist and Hindu cosmology and myths. Burma is particularly renowned for its richness of Buddhist architecture, and is justifiably called "The Land of Pagodas." Buddhist monasteries and gilded pagodas dot the landscape.
    18. 18. Inside Pagoda the
    19. 19. Text: Internet Pictures: Internet & Sanda Foişoreanu Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Presentation: Sanda Foişoreanu Sound Stephen Bacchus - Impermanence - The Wind Of Karma