The Gate of the 4 Heavenly Kings


This image is the ceiling within the main entrance gate to Mu Ryang Sa, the Korean Buddhist temple in the back of Palolo Valley near where I live on the island of O’ahu in Hawai’i. The main entrance gate to the temple represents one of the many levels of the Buddhist spiritual plane. At this first gate, the Four Heavenly Kings stand guard over the four directions (North, South, East & West). The role is to keep out evil influences that we find in ourselves such as greed, lust, will for violence, and self-destroying pride. Beneath each guardian you will notice these ills represented in quasi-human forms, which the Kings crush under their feet.

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