In writing this article I had to merge three sources of understanding - recorded history on Todai-ji and Bodhisena, the Hindu and Buddhist perspectives of the universe. I have been lucky to have some formal Buddhist education. I felt it was important to do this multi perspective, as all accounts that I have read have a one sided view and fail to tell the whole story. My several visits to Japan have taught me that this was not the state centuries back. While the world-view is fragmented today, as people are fragmented in their vision, in the early ages there was an all-inclusive wisdom, where everything blended in harmony. Having a fragmented one sided view unfortunately does not narrate the whole picture of the fantastic and extremely beautiful and harmonious amalgam of Buddhism, Hinduism, Indian, Japanese and Chinese culture in this extremely overwhelming and significant temple, which is a creation of a pan Asian cultural and spiritual age. It was an age where people saw more harmony than fragmented visions from fragmented mind patterns.
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