Seeking Nirvana 9/9
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If faith in your religion brings happiness,then Bhutan has reached nirvana.
On a high hill overlooking Thimphu, an immense Buddha, called Kuensal Phodrang, glows in the sunlight. This multi-storied, 169-foot bronze statue covered in gold is the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy from the year 800 and was commissioned for the King's father's 60th birthday.
This seated Buddha grounds his fingers to the earth signifying the moment He transcended. He also holds a medicine bowl and before him sits the lightning bolt, a vehicle to greater transcendence. There is a temple below and inside the edifice containing 1,25,000 smaller statues of Buddha in infinite lines. In a center alcove, another statue of Buddha is surrounded by larger-than-life angelic helpers. .