Todaiji Temple, To My Sister Rita

Diary entry, To My Sister Rita, Todaiji Temple 5-23-2014

…excerpt from my handwritten diary kept during my trip to Japan.

Dear Rita,

Todaiji Temple is the temple housing the giant Buddha statue you’ve heard about in Japan. It is also a National Treasure site and a center of Buddhist doctrinal research. According to the brochure, the current building (around the year 1709!) is the third generation structure (fires destroyed the others) and 33% smaller than the original structure. Yet, at 33% smaller it is still the largest wooden structure in the world. It IS big as you can tell by Continue reading