|Shwedagon Pagoda, Rangoon, Burma - a Buddhist temple complex made of gold (flickr.com)|
|Tending to golden Mahamuni (Wei on the Way/Wei Deng/flickr.com)|
|Mahamuni, Burma (Sylvain Brajeul/flickr)|
- The extraterrestrials devas who built Mahamuni: I got there at almost 4:00 am, just in time to see the beginning of a devotional ritual in one of the oldest and most Buddhist countries in the world.. It commences every morning [with] a magnificent Buddha image built by the akasha-deva Sakka, an extraterrestrial ruler. Sakka and Vissakamma built it and gave it to human beings in the area.
|Buddha in space with Sakka and Brahma|
|Gold, gold, gold (contemporarynomad.com)|
It displays information about various places in the Buddha's life from his birthplace in Kapilavastu [Afghanistan], to the forest grove in India, where he realized enlightenment (Bodh Gaya), to the sal tree grove near the Nepal border (Kushinagar or Kusinara) where he passed into final nirvana. There are also maps that explain the spread of Buddhism, known as the Dharma, across Asia during the last 26 centuries.
|The Great Sage (Ben the Man/flickr com)|