We took an excursion from the south part of Varanasi to Sarnath, a town about 8 kilometers north. Because of the traffic, it took us about an hour. We visited several temples of different faiths. This one is Japanese. We attended a ritual of chanting and drumming on huge 10’ drums which were deafeningly loud! It occurred to me that the purpose of this is maybe to make it impossible to have any thoughts during the ritual! At least this is the effect it had on me!!
This is a young tree growing in the garden of the Japanese temple.
The Buddha sits under the tree.
This beautiful dog was very friendly and among all of the dogs we saw (many are wild and uncared for), seemed a gentle and friendly gardian of the sacred energy of the temple and garden.