Byodo-In Temple — Sacred Space

The Byodo-in temple on the island of Oahu is a beautiful replica of the original Byodo-in built in 998 AD, in the city of Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. A reflection of paradise on earth, the temple rests peacefully beneath the strength of the Hawaiian Ko’olau mountain range.

In this sacred space
solid objects melt
into ripples of pond water,
revealing the face
of materiality
laughing at itself.

Within the temple
sitting quietly above
the chaos of the world,
a statue of Buddha
shows impermanence
the glory of his image,
that we are more than
this or that thing.
Things come and go,
forms change
but love lives on forever.         ~ms

About Mary Strong-Spaid

You can find me any time wandering around in my own mind gathering thoughts.
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24 Responses to Byodo-In Temple — Sacred Space

  1. lautal says:

    This place looks quiet and peaceful.

  2. daydreamer254 says:


  3. Loving your captures:) I have been here and it is a GREAT experience! Happy Hump Day

  4. Iamrcc says:

    Nice captures. Great detail on the bird. Thank you for the visit and the like of my post “Morning Moon”.

  5. Michael Lane says:

    Lovely images and poetry. I have never been to Hawaii even though it is fairly accessible… my prejudice was that it was tourist-jammed… but it seems quite magical…

  6. laurie27wsmith says:

    Great post and pictures.

  7. domtakis says:

    I often go to the Valley of The Temples for peace and reflection. It is one of the true gems of this island. Enjoyed your homage.

  8. domtakis says:

    You had recently introduced me to local artist Leohone whose work I really love. Have you heard of Edwin Ushiro? His work touches on everyday life in Hawaii and how it mingles with the mythical. My fascination with the old pali road led me to “The Diligent night”
    Another great local artist is Solomon Enos


  9. Splendid and shared to readers

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