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The Nichigai Suzan Horinji Temple is commonly referred to as 'Japanese Temple' by local guides and tourists. This one is in walking distance of the world-famous Dhamek Stupa, and is very reminiscent of the aesthetically pleasing Japanese temples in Kyoto. The interiors are beautiful, inviting and serene, and worshipers gaze with love at a huge wooden statue of the Buddha in reclining pose. As expected, Japanese tourists are often spotted laying prostrate upon the ground in complete devotion.
The Chinese Buddhist Temple is not a very intricate and glamorous affair like one would imagine but this one actually beckons passersby into its sacred confines because of its simplicity and grace. A simple yellow structure flanked by red wide steps sports a typically Chinese roof with curvatures at the ends. Pilgrims of all religions and backgrounds from India as well as Buddhist practitioners from South East Asia are spotted here taking in the surreal sanctity of the complex.
Following the Samkhya school of philosophy, Kapil Ashram Sarnath is a spiritual abode that maintains a serene atmosphere for meditation. Headed by Swami Om Prakash Aranya, this peaceful setting allows visitors to participate in the meditation rituals twice a week. Located close to the Vajra Vidya Institute, which focuses on Buddhist philosophy, this is a contrasting change with more emphasis on Hinduism.
A seat of Buddhist studies, Vajra Vidya Institute in Sarnath has a captivating architectural style based on the ancient Nalanda Monastic Institute in Bodhgaya. Created by Thrangu Rinpoche in 1999, this monastery conducts short term classes in various Buddhist disciplines. The large shrine at the center of the campus is the highlight of the place; it is amazingly adorned with red, green and golden color schemes with a large Buddha statue. Small golden statues of Buddha are also visible. The serene and calm campus has guesthouses and a cafe inside. It is located close to attractions like Deer Park, Thai Temple, Chaukhandi Stupa and Kapil Mandir.