Phnom Penh

Buddha on the top of the side gate at Wat Langka. For many Cambodians Buddha represents simply peace and relief from suffering and that is enough. A Buddha statue or image is hypostatic which, for Cambodians, means it has supernatural powers and as such should be treated with respect and properly posed. Buddha in this instance is seated in the lotus position, or the Bhumisparsha posture, with the right hand bent over the right knee just touching the ground. The posture is called 'Calling the Earth to Witness' or 'Subduing Mara' and shows Buddha after he has defeated the armies of Mara and gained enlightenment. It's a symbol to all entering the Wat that this is their goal.
Love the way this was photographed. Beautiful angle.
posted September 9th, 2010  
The lighting and angle of this shot bring the relief details into almost palpable focus! Thanks for sharing your experiences there, both positive and negative. I may not ever get there but I've gained some appreciation of this place through your images and commentary.
posted September 9th, 2010  
This is a fantastic shot! The intricate detail is gorgeous and I love your perspective, from below. Thanks once again for your interesting story :-)
posted September 9th, 2010  
I also love the detail in your photos. The relief detail is amazing on this building. Nice shot and good to know about the positons of Buddha and the meaning behind them.
posted September 9th, 2010  
Great angle and lots of cool shadows.
posted September 9th, 2010  
Beautiful. Since I can't be there in person, I get to tour Phnom Penh through your pictures. Thank you for that gift.
posted September 9th, 2010  
This is so beautiful. It makes my heart happy just to see it. Wonderful. A fav for sure!!!
posted September 9th, 2010  
Nice capture, detail
posted September 9th, 2010  
Wonderful picture I would love to be able to sit in the lotus position !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted September 9th, 2010  
Exquisite details. informative story. love traveling with you
posted September 9th, 2010  
Really neat perspective on a great arch!
posted September 9th, 2010  
love your framing.
posted September 9th, 2010  
Just been catching up - once more I say it... great shots
posted September 9th, 2010  
Very nice composition, love it!
posted September 9th, 2010  
LOVE this...great job
posted September 9th, 2010  
Great photo. Love the texture.
posted September 10th, 2010  
Lovely shot.
posted September 10th, 2010  
So serene.
posted September 10th, 2010  
Tanya, I could just hug you for your comments tonight. My story is very different and this is not a place I can go into it all. I do know what you mean by feeling more like where you are from when you are away from where you are from. I have that, too. I know I need to move, honestly. A move will help this time. I came looking for something here that will never be here. Knowing that, I can really move on now. I miss Asia so much. I will still be foreign there if I get the opportunity to go back but truth be known, I am much more at home being the foreigner. I welcome it. :) Made my night to hear your story though and that you took the time to share it.
posted September 10th, 2010  
Love this, very nice
posted September 10th, 2010  
Ok I need some help OBO?
posted September 10th, 2010  
oh that's a lovely shot and angle!
posted September 10th, 2010  
There is a lot of detail in this shot. I am happy to know more about Buddha.
posted September 10th, 2010  
I like this so much! Thanks for sharing all the views on your side of the world, I really enjoy them!
posted September 10th, 2010  
Beautiful angle and focus on this--it really brought out the textures
posted September 10th, 2010  
it's very important to know something about other cultures, in this way, if we visit another country and we behave accordingly, the people will feel respected. thanks for this info. love the perspective in this photo!
posted September 10th, 2010  
Nice perspective!
posted September 11th, 2010  
So good!
posted September 13th, 2010  
Incredibly beautiful
posted September 15th, 2010  
like like like
posted November 26th, 2010  
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