protective power of the Twelve Divine Generals work for your
computer. Install this desktop picture changer, which
will display the right General for each hour of the day. In
the same way the Generals protect the Buddha in the Shin-Yakushi
Temple, they will protect your computer from viruses, crashes
and the "Blue Screen of Death".
JPEGs in 1024x768 pixels ( sit
, zip ), 1.1MB
Picture Changer including Pictures
Temple in Nara (Japan) was founded in 747 by the Empress Komyo
(701-760), the pious consort of the Emperor Shomu, in order
to offer ardent prayers for the recovery of her husband from
an eye affection. It is the only building in Japan of the
Tempyo Period (8th century) which is kept in its original
condition, since all other buildings of that period have been
destroyed by fire.
is a fine achievement in engineering. All the timbers are
perfectly fixed together and not a single timber is useless;
at the same time they have a decorative effect.
stylistic elements of Greek art reached the Far East along
with Buddhism. The Shin-Yakushi Temple shows clearly the distant
influence of classical Greek temple architecture. Temples
built at a later period adapted the style to Japanese conditions.
The Grecian sanctuaries build of stone have been destroyed
with the lapse of time, so it is surprising that a wooden
building of Grecian style has survived in Japan. This temple
is priceless cultural heritage of Japan.
Buddha is a patron of medicine and is carved of one block
of Kaya (Torreya) wood in the 8th century. The leaf design,
which appears on the halo of the main Buddha, is a Greek motif.
The figure is a national treasure.
twelve figures standing in a circle around the main Buddha
were made of clay in the 8th century. The costumes of the
Generals look like those of Middle Eastern countries.
General protects the main Buddha Yakushi for 2 hours per day.
In addition, each General protects the Buddha for one year,
based on the Chinese calendar. Each Chinese year is connected
to a zodiac, such as dog, rat or snake.