Lanterns for Buddha’s Birthday

Well, I’m not sure that “lanterns” is the right word, given how big these are.(The main Buddha is about 10 feet, or 3 meters, tall.) But they are all actually lanterns, lit from the inside, and made of paper glued onto a wire framework. Here are the main lanterns our center has made this year for Buddha’s Birthday(May 6th, this year. Tomorrow, April 29th will also be the second anniversary of Daehaeng Kun Sunim’s passing.)

I hope these photos give some idea of how incredible they are. When I first saw the finished lanterns, I could only stare at them. No words would come out. (Click on the images to see the full size, about 250kb.)

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The main float

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A close up of the back of the float. Notice the 3D Buddhas manifesting from the cosmic Buddha into this world.
A close up of the back of the float. Notice the 3D Buddhas manifesting from the cosmic Buddha into this world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A practitioner, but notice how even on a barren peak, a pine tree is fully alive, as the crane on the other peak.
A practitioner, but notice how even on a barren peak, a pine tree is fully alive, as the crane on the other peak.

 

 

A close up of the pratitioner
A close up of the practitioner
and now the full float
and now the full float

 

 

 

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details from a tree that forms the third float
details from a tree that forms the third float

 

 

 

 

each leaf is hand made
each leaf is hand-made, and I love the butterflies!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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