borobudur is older than wat?!

After immersing myself in the majestic Hindu culture, my guide and I hopped on the motorcycle and went directly to Borobudur to bathe under Buddhist awesomeness. I had to revert back to my old deaf character as soon as I entered the complex. Like the temple I saw earlier, Borobudur was towering among the clouds and was bathing in the afternoon sunlight.  

  

Yes, you read that right. Borobudur, the most impressive Buddhist monument and complex I’ve ever seen, predates the famous Angkor Wat of Cambodia by nearly 300 years. Unfortunately, a few years after it was completed, Mt. Merapi went PMSing and much of Central Java was abandoned.  

   

  

   

There is a guide on how to go about this mandala-shaped monument that imitates the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.  

 

I entered the east gate and walked every level three times on my right side. This tradition of circumambulating the monument is known as Pradaksina and has been the practice of pilgrims visiting this place 10 centuries ago. 

 

  

The gradual ascension to each level shows the transition from the khamadhatu, the world of desires, to rupadhatu, the sphere of form, and arupadhatu or nirvana, the ultimate perfection. 

  

 The first series of reliefs that are found at the base of the monument shows the transitory pleasures of worldly existence. As I moved upward, the life of Buddha unfolded and his journey from the confines of his palace to Ganges to enlightenment and finally to his nirvana, is a testament of greatness. And  there is a lesson for all of us as we find ourselves walking through the corridors and past the 72 stupas of Borobudur, we are capable of greatness too…  

  

  

 


  • http://www.lakwatseradeprimera.com lakwatsera de primera

    nice post on Borobudur, thanks for touring us the Pradaksina way around this amazing complex :)

  • http://www.nomadicexperiences.com/ Marky

    Wow. What a stunning complex with its intricate sculptures and giant statues. Nirvana indeed!

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @lakwatsera: thanks very much! i was told that if you combined the distance covered per level… it’s going to amount to 5km worth of walk. sarap ng workout!

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @marky: indeed! the pilgrimage to the top of the tower is a journey to oneself. 😀

  • http://thepinaysolobackpacker.com thepinaysolobackpacker

    love that 2nd to the last pic. :) haha natawa ako sa nag-PMS si Mt.Merapi!

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @gael: thanks thanks! nothing compared to your shot of course! 😀 haha! that’s how it is when i’m PMSing, just a thought… teehee!

  • http://www.pinoyboyjournals.com pinoy boy

    Monette, gaano katagal i-explore yung Borobodur. You went there on a daytrip di ba? Are there accommodations nearby. Borobodur must look really amazing early in the morning, like mga sunrise!

  • http://fliptravels.com/ flip’n travels

    @pinoyboy: mga 2-3 hours ok na. yep, daytrip. magkasunod sila after prambanan. maraming hotels kaso, borobudur lang ang makikita. i’m not really sure kung ano pa yung ibang sights nearby, ahehe! the best time to visit, they say, is sunrise or sunset. sarap tumambay sa baba ng temple! 😀