Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tenryu-ji (Or, when humans don't suck)

Sometimes humans suck and sometimes they don’t. Zen Buddhist temples can be places where humans can not suck when they put their minds to it. Tenryū-ji (about 20 minutes outside of Kyoto - map), is an amazing example of when sensitive and thoughtful humans do something great.

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Right as visitor’s hours ended at 4:30, a monk began a long chant and rang the giant bell at various intervals. This is the structure with the bell where he was chanting.

Absolutely nothing visually changes in the video, which is as it should be, I think. (As of right now the video was still processing. Try it again later if you get an error). There's a long silence after the chant and then a second chant at about 2:21. The audio cuts off at the end because my camera's battery ran out.

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