RAFAEL BARAGAÑO

Scientist, Engineer, STEM Profesor

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  • The National Museum of Anthropology
    The National Museum of Anthropology

    Mexico City probably has the best Pre-Colombian Era collection in the world. Here, I’ll be displaying some of the best items of this collections. The museum contains significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexico’s pre-Columbian heritage, such as the Stone of the Sun (or the Aztec calendar stone) and the Aztec Xochipilli statue.

  • Lumbini Development Trust Survey
    Lumbini Development Trust Survey

    Lumbini is a Nepali town right at the border with India and is the place where Lord Buddha was born and raced as a child in accordance with Emperor Ashoka’s pillar/edict found in the archaeological record. I arrived at Lumbini during the third mass COVID-19 wave in India and some of the Buddhist monasteries were…

  • Pokhara’s Paragliders
    Pokhara’s Paragliders

    I spent around five months with these brave exceptional gentlemen in Pokhara, Nepal and they gave me full access to take whatever pictures and videos I wanted of them during the Global Pandemic. They remembered me the book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach which you could listen the audio book on YouTube in around…

  • The Angkor Survey
    The Angkor Survey

    There are over a hundred major temple sites to be visited in and around Siem Reap – the religious remains of a series of cities during the Khmer Empire era, built by a succession of kings from around the 7th to the 13th centuries. The following is a survey of the Angkor archeological region during…

  • Heavens
    Heavens

    During my lifetime I have been dreaming about different planets-heavens. From a Zen Buddhism perspective there are several heavens but from the scientific standpoint there is a statistical mathematical model called The Drake Equation which could explain how many advance civilizations planets are in a galaxy. In accordance with the Drake Equation there must be…

  • Dreams
    Dreams

    Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a short book about “Buddhism” written by the none Buddhist author Richard Bach. I relate my dreams to this book so that all people may better understand higher level of existence (heavens) and how they can get higher into those levels. The video above serve as a metaphor that instead of…

  • Wat Pho
    Wat Pho

    Also spelled Wat Po, is a Buddhist temple complex in Bangkok, Thailand. It is on Rattanakosin Island, directly south of the Grand Palace. Known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, its official name is Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram Rajwaramahawihan. The temple is first on the list of six temples in Thailand classed…

  • Wat Arun
    Wat Arun

    The Temple of Dawn is situated on Thonburi on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruṇa, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand’s landmarks. Although the temple has existed since at least the…

  • Wat Benchamabophit
    Wat Benchamabophit

    Bangkok, Thailand. Also known as the Marble Temple, it is one of Bangkok’s best-known temples and a major tourist attraction. It typifies Bangkok’s ornate style of high gables, stepped-out roofs and elaborate finials. Construction of the temple began in 1899 at the request of King Chulalongkorn after building his palace nearby. The temple’s name literally…

  • Batumi
    Batumi

    is the second-largest city of the country of Georgia, located on the coast of the Black Sea in Georgia’s southwest, 20 kilometers north of the border with Turkey. It is situated in a subtropical zone at the foot of the Caucasus. Much of Batumi’s economy revolves around tourism and gambling (it is nicknamed “The Las…

  • Ferrari World
    Ferrari World

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Home to the world’s fastest roller coaster (Formula Rosa), the highest loop ride (Flying Aces), the tallest space-frame structure ever built on the planet and over 40 record-breaking attractions, this is the ultimate destination for non-stop, hyper-adrenaline, heart-racing fun! Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is a mostly indoors theme park. Ferrari…

  • Mother Armenia Monument & Military Museum
    Mother Armenia Monument & Military Museum

    Armenia, Yerevan. Through out these pivotal years the soviets where regularly battling more than 200 German divisions. In contrast, the Americans and British fighting in the Mediterranean rarely confronted more than 10 German division. Germany lost over 6 million men fighting the soviets and approximately 1 million fighting on the western front. Thought the myth…

  • Wat Phnom
    Wat Phnom

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Wat Phnom is an artificial hill of 27 meters, built in 1373 which is the highest Buddhist edifice in Phnom Penh. Legend has it that in 1372 a wealthy lady asked all the inhabitants to help raising up a real little hill on a hillock in front of her house, called Phnom…

  • Mongkol Serey Pagoda, Golden Temple
    Mongkol Serey Pagoda, Golden Temple

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The Golden Temple is a good example of the Southeast Asian style of Wat/Pagoda architecture with a golden twist to the exterior coating. It’s interior walls are covered with paintings of the most significant Lord Buddha’s anecdotes. I have covered this kind of Pagoda architecture before on Lumbini’s Nepal Theravada Buddha Vihara…

  • Dharmodaya Mahachaitya
    Dharmodaya Mahachaitya

    Lumbini, Nepal. This is a Theravada Buddhism temple in the form of a stupa. In the center of the temple there is a standing large statue of Lord Buddha. There are also small statues of the Buddha in triplicates around the wall of this temple. There is also an attached museum on the premises.

  • Manang Samaj Stupa
    Manang Samaj Stupa

    Lumbini, Nepal. A chorten created by Buddhists from Manang in Northern Nepal, the Manang Samaj Stupa is known to be one of the oldest Stupas in Nepal, dating back to the birth of Gautam Buddha in 600 BC. There is a golden Buddha Statue in the middle of this building and is surrounded by colourful…

  • Dharmodaya Vihar
    Dharmodaya Vihar

    Lumbini, Nepal. This is another Theravada Buddhism small temple practically next to the Sacred Garden. It has very well crafted doors and windows in dark wood. Inside, there is a golden statue of Lord Buddha in meditative position.