fine hall for
The Sleeping (Dying) Buddha
|The so-called "Sleeping Buddha"
is actually an image of the Buddha at the time of his death.
Having attained Nirvana (enlightenment) at the age of 35, he
stayed around until 80 to teach. At that point he
"entered final Nirvana"--he died, never to return,
having escaped the round of suffering in this world.
"Sleeping Buddha" figures commemorate this moment.
As one descends from the level of
the Buddha Hall or Scripture Repository, one
passes the Dining Hall before reaching the Sleeping Buddha
Hall. From the Dining Hall level, one can also see that
there is a covered area behind the Sleeping Buddha Hall,
containing discarded statues.