Guarding the Gate


Hawaii is a melting pot of difference races, nationalities, spiritual journeys, and idiologies.

Located a couple miles from my house is the MuRyangSa Buddhist Temple. One enters through The Gate of the Four Heavenly Kings, which represents one of the many levels of the Buddhist spiritual plane.

These beautifully carved and painted Kings stand guard of 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 are quasi-human forms, representing those influences, that the Kings crush under their feet.

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