An afternoon drive through Valley of the
Nestled against the deep green sculpted pali (cliffs) and framed with tall pine tress is the magnificent Byodo-In Temple, astonishingly built without the use of nails. It was built to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants to
The name Byodo-in means “
Inside the temple sits the 18 ft. Buddha, Amida, “thought to be the largest figure carved since ancient times, an original work of art carved by the famous Japanese sculptor, Masuzo Inui.”
Coppery madrone trees surround the temple along with ponds and zen rock gardens representing the universe. Wild peacocks and peahens with chicks, spotted doves, myna birds and red-crested cardinals flit about while black swans swim amongst pools of giant 40 lb orange and white koi. Maholo Byodo-In Temple. Copyright©Kathy Stanley. More to come.