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  Sanku Meditation Institution

 

Thailand

The main entrance to Samnak Pattibat Tham Sanku, i.e. a Buddhist meditation centre located on a woody hill on the outskirts of Mae Rim, just north of the city of Chiang Mai, on the northern end of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park (fig.).

 

The entrance to this Buddhist complex is rather imposing. The centre is accessible by two long staircases, with railings adorned with nagas and guarded at the base by some singha. To the right of and at the bottom of the main staircase, which features multi-headed nagas (fig.), is an artificial cave that bears the name of the centre and is topped with a gilded statue of Mi Le Fo (fig.).

 

  Sanku Meditation Institution

 

  Sanku Meditation Institution

 

The cavern has some rounded windows that are shaped as open mouths of some yak-like characters and, if not for the lower jaw, rather reminiscent of kirtimukha or kala faces (fig.).

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