This temple is quite vast and more than one dome has been built by now (the Google photo looks to be several years old). The surface of the UFO is ringed with seats for thousands of monks to sit and lead the meditation of tens of thousands of its cult members housed in dozens of massive open-air meditation pavilions surrounding each UFO. The gold Buddha image contained inside the UFO, under the central gold bubble, is wholly alien looking: willowy, amorphous, unearthly. The temple is open to the public, but access inside the UFO is not. You need a car to drive around the grounds, still under construction, but much further developed than in this Google pic. There are many bizarre sculptures on the grounds, including a giant fiber optic fountain made from gigantic forks and spoons outside the monk's feeding hall.
By noooby @ 2005-08-13 20:33:51