Photos of Beautiful Buddhist Cave Temples

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:

The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.

While I’m a big fan of Emerson, I find myself disagreeing with this quote a bit. It seems to assert that only through a love of nature can you learn to appreciate the divine. I think you can learn to appreciate the divine many ways — after looking at the tall towers of Notre Dame, or listening to some Bach, or being reunited with someone you love. Sometimes, all it takes is a nice juicy steak.

Instead, I would rephrase Emerson’s quote to

The happiest person is someone who learns from worship the divinity in nature.

Photo by A 0 http://flic.kr/p/ZLX1pWhen you take your spiritual practice into nature, you can sometimes find a deeper connection to the environment. As a Jew, Christian, or Muslim you may marvel at the beauty of God’s creation. There are many beautiful churches that encourage worshippers to see the connection between their faith and the environment.

Check out the photos Eden Keeper found of churches that connect the spirit with nature.

If you are a Buddhist, practicing in nature may introduce you to an interconnected world that’s so much larger than yourself. Over the weekend, the Huffington Post published photos of beautiful Buddhist temples set in caves.

The isolation of these sites serves to intensify the spiritual connection experienced by visitors. While some places of worship use architectural height to draw attention up to the heavens, these cave temples highlight the value of spiritual treasures that lie within.

Mandalay region, Myanmar Photo taken from Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/15/buddhist-cave-temples_n_4775101.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009The photos are amazing — beams of lights, mists of fog. You can almost feel the coolness of the air and smell the incense mixed with the earthiness of the cave’s walls.

Buddhists who bring their practice into these caves can develop a deeper appreciation of nature. They receive proof that great beauty can lie within all of us.

Phetburi, Thailand Photo taken from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/15/buddhist-cave-temples_n_4775101.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

To see more amazing Buddhist temples in caves, check out the Huffington Post’s article here.

And let us know if you know of an amazing place to worship in nature.

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I'm an organic-eating, energy-saving naturalist who composts and tree hugs in her spare time. I have a background in environmental law, lobbying, and field work. I believe in God; however, I do not call myself a Christian or a Jew or a member of any religion. I am merely someone who finds a spiritual connection to all humans and the environment. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .