grand gateway and
the first interior courtyard
|The Main Gateway,
called The Mountain Gate, is the official threshold between the
Profane world outside and the Sacred world inside the
temple. As such, it is imposing in itself.
Furthermore, it is guarded--at this temple on the inside--by two large, fierce figures, Ha (mouth opened) and Heng (mouth
closed). These originated with the sounds O and M which,
when their yin and yang are joined, create the
universal sound OM. Going between yin and yang, or
past desire (mouth opened) and fear (mouth closed), takes
you to the Buddha.
Also on this level are gift shops
and a meeting hall.