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This website is wholly owned by a partnership of Graham and Jean Beven, professional travellers and website developers.

Graham at AyutthayaThis site has come about by way of my fascination for the Buddha imagery I have seen throughout my life, initially in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) as a child, having spent around five years there between 1952 and 1957. In addition to that from seeing museum pieces around the UK. My wife and I have also spent six months in Thailand and Cambodia in 2007 and 2008, as had short visit back to Sri Lanka in the autumn of 2008.

Seen here at Ayutthaya, World Heritage Site, in north central Thailand in 2007, Ayutthaya was the capital city of old Siam before it moved to Bangkok.

Graham and Jean Beven receiving a Buddhist Monk's blessing in Thailand in 2005

I can honestly say I do not believe in an all seeing, almighty God but having had a Christian upbringing I do try to live my life by the Christian Ten Commandments, the Buddhist Eightfold Path and have a conscious sense of right and wrong.

I have 'looked' at and read books about religions all my through my life including: Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism and even Zoroastrianism but as yet I can say I have no particular 'Faith' just a belief in my own self control, remembering a fictional character from my childhood Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby in ‘The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby’, a children's novel by the Reverend Charles Kingsley, written during 1862 and 1863 as a serial for Macmillan's Magazine, later published in its entirety. The book was extremely popular in England during its day, and was a mainstay of British children's literature through the 1920s and crept into my life in the 1950s; what goes around, comes around!

The final spur to publish some the many Buddha images on a website came early in 2010 when I read ‘The Buddha and His Religion’ by Jules Barthélemy Saint-Hilaire - translated from the French by Laura Ensor, purchased for just £7 from a charity shop. Jules Barthélemy Saint-Hilaire (19 August 1805 – 24 November 1895) was a French philosopher, journalist and statesman. This book gave me added knowledge, enough to make sense of my views on Buddhism.

At this point I would like to thank my wife Jean for putting up with my many excursions to Buddhist Vihara, Temples, Stupas and museums, where she has at times "become all templed out!"

Author: Graham Beven

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The Buddhist Flag
First hoisted in 1885 in Sri Lanka, is a symbol of faith and peace used throughout the world to represent the Buddhist faith.

Buddhist Flag Picture - Buddhist Flag Colours - The Buddhist Flag Sri Lanka 1885

Buddhist Flag Meanings
Blue: Universal Compassion
Yellow: The Middle Path
Red: Blessings
White: Purity and Liberation
Orange: Wisdom

Jean in Thailand at Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno - "Tiger Temple" in Kanchanaburi

The Dharma Wheel

Spokes of the Dharmachakra - "The Dharma Wheel" Meaning - The Dharma Wheel Symbol - The Dharma Wheel Image - 8 spokes representing the Noble Eightfold Path (Ariya magga)

In Buddhism—according to the Pali Canon, Vinayapitaka, Khandhaka, Mahavagga, the number of spokes of the Dharmachakra represent various meanings:

8 spokes representing the Noble Eightfold Path (Ariya magga).
12 spokes representing the Twelve Laws of Dependent Origination (Paticcasamuppada).
24 spokes representing the Twelve Laws of Dependent Origination and the Twelve Laws of Dependent Termination (Paticcasamuppada).
31 spokes representing 31 realms of existence (11 realms of desire, 16 realms of form and 4 realms of formlessness).

Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo is a Japanese Buddhist chant based upon the Lotus Sutra. Nichiren Daishonin (Feb 16, 1222 – Oct 13, 1282) a Buddhist monk who lived during the Kamakura period (1185–1333) in Japan. Nichiren taught devotion to the Lotus Sutra, entitled Myōhō-Renge-Kyō in Japanese, as the exclusive means to attain enlightenment and the chanting of Nam-Myōhō-Renge-Kyō as the essential practice of the teaching. Various schools with diverging interpretations of Nichiren's teachings comprise Nichiren Buddhism.
Nam - To devote one's life
Myoho - Myo is the mystic nature of life and Ho, its manifestation
Renge - "Lotus Flower"; which symolises the ballance of cause and effect
Kyo - Sutra, the voice or teachings of Buddha (The sound or vibration that connects everything in the ubiverse)

As the Buddha had never claimed to be a god, it is evident that he never prescribed the form of worship that was to be rendered to him. A legend, however, attributes to him the institution of this form of worship

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