Buddha Dusting

Buddhist monks clean the dust off of the 15-meter-high Great Buddha at the Todaiji Temple on August 7, 2014 in Nara, Japan. About 100 Buddhist monks take part in brushing away dust as a part of the preparation for the Buddhist festive period of Bon around August 15 when Japanese Buddhists honor and welcome the spirits of ancestors.

( Buddhika Weerasinghe / Getty Images / August 7, 2014 )

Buddhist monks clean the dust off of the 15-meter-high Great Buddha at the Todaiji Temple on August 7, 2014 in Nara, Japan. About 100 Buddhist monks take part in brushing away dust as a part of the preparation for the Buddhist festive period of Bon around August 15 when Japanese Buddhists honor and welcome the spirits of ancestors.

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