Burning Incense at Buddhist Temple in Japan

Burning incense at the Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto, Japan

This next picture comes courtesy of a friend currently touring Japan.  It shows Buddhist temple go-ers lighting incense at the famous Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto.  The temple is without question one of the premiere edifices erected in reverence to Buddha in the world.  Burning incense is a popular practice in Buddhism and is prevalent at many of the world's shrines and temples.  Incense is generally burned in reverence to Buddha, to show respect for ancestors and for purification of the human form through incense's scented aroma.  Buddhist temples frequently have large, ornate (yet still simple) incense holders in which worshippers will leave their burning incense sticks in an offering to the Buddha being worshiped.  The Kiyomizu Temple has undoubtedly created a pure, transcendental environment for practice.