As I’ve mentioned, we only had half an hour at the Buddhist temple at Borobudur, which was a little crazy. We only had time to capture the feeling of the place, which to me was a happy feeling. Even the lions looked cheerful — especially the ones with the raised paws, who reminded me of the little gold waving-cat statuettes you see in Chinese restaurants.
One of the Buddhas is considered especially lucky, because a terrorist put a bomb inside his bell, but the bomb was a dud and didn’t go off. People reach in and touch the Buddha for good luck. It’s hard to imagine how anybody’s understanding of religion could compel them to put a bomb in a place like this.