When a photographer named Colin Miller visited Chengdu, China, he was struck by the colorful beauty of the nearby Buddhist temples and monasteries. He spent two and a half weeks traveling through small towns in Sichuan province, taking pictures.
My expatriate e-mail pen pal Jack, who called my attention to these photographs, said many of these temples are Tibetan, or at least are dedicated to the school of Buddhism found in Tibet.
The lavish beauty shown in these photos is a contrast to the austere beauty of Zen temples and gardens in Japan. Any religion that can inspire such beauty must have something good about it.
To see more photographs, click on Colin Miller photographs Buddhist monasteries in Sichuan province, China, on Slate.