We happened upon this place by complete accident, a very happy accident. It is a place where several acres, overlooking the ocean, have been dedicated to different spiritual disciplines (Buddhist, Christian, Native American, etc.) who by invitation have erected many different "shrines" or spiritually meaningful instalments.
A very interesting part of the gardens was the "Universe", a planting that was designed to be a map of the universe - very well done and incredibly creative.
The highlight for us was being able to actually see two Buddhist sand mandalas. Special dispensation was given by his Holiness the Dalai Lama to allow these two mandalas to remain on display. This is a very special thing, as it is the practice of Buddhist monks to painstakingly create these mandalas as a meditative exercise. Meaning that after spending countless hours creating these intricate designs, grain by colored grain of sand, they are willingly destroyed - illustrating the concepts of non-attachment and impermanence. So, to be able to examine these close up and personal was very exciting for us as I don't know where or when we would be able to see this again.
The energy there is lovely, the admission fee very reasonable and the experience memorable.
Very close to the Painted Church and Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Park and we saw all three in one day and never felt rushed in the least.
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