• Beauty and tranquility 

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    • Central focus of worship 

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    • Central worship room 

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      The marble interior with a stainless steel ceiling.
    • Continued mystery 

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      What is the purpose of the concrete projection into the midst of the tranquil pool?
    • Continued revelation 

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      The Water Temple is appropriately covered with water lilies.
    • Continued revelation 

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      Again one finds oneself between a straight and curved wall.
    • Crypt 

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      The large crypt with marble floor, columns and brilliant illumination.
    • Descent to worship 

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      The concrete projection reveals itself as a staircase leading into the depths of the pool. From this angle the water lilies seem to be extremely well ordered.
    • Entrance to Buddhist temple 

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      At the bottom of the stairs a Buddhist temple with traditional lattice and wooden timber work covered with vermillion paint.
    • Gradual revelation 

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      Passing through the door of the straight concrete wall one continues on the white gravel path around a curved wall which will gradually reveal one's purpose.
    • Interior with liturgical center 

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      Not only are the walls and platform of marble but the pews are marble as well. While associated with ancient Buddhism this contemporary "Inner Trip" Buddhism has the latest in videography (lower left).
    • Return to the world 

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      Throughout Ando has revealed his preference for a spare architectural palette. Marble stairs, concrete walls with the signature marking of the square form plates and a spare hand rail.
    • Shakaden 

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      The central structure in marble and stainless steel of this world-wide Buddhist group takes a form reminiscent of a samurai helmet.
    • Shakanden 

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      The major worship edifice of this Buddhist group bears a striking resemblance to a samurai headdress.
    • Temple and light pole. 

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      The elegant detail manifests that no expense was spared in the refinement of design.
    • Temple center 

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      Behind the vermillion screen is the central Buddha.
    • Temple exterior corner and roof 

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      The double rings surmounting the temple are the signature of this Buddhist sect which has a world-wide membership.
    • Undercroft with lighting reflected on marble floor 

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      The undercroft is equipped for muli-functions.
    • The Water Temple 

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      The curved wall ultimately reveals the Water Temple itself.
    • Water Temple at Hompukuji 

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      Tadao Ando, architect, 1990-91. This is the new main temple for the Shingon Buddhist sect. Over brilliant white gravel one enters Ando's trademark concrete wall emphasizing that one is enterring a special place.