Thousands of Buddhists gathered at Thailand's Wat Dhammakaya Temple on Wednesday to observe Makha Bucha, a religious holiday that marks the anniversary of Buddha's mass sermon to the first 1,250 newly ordained monks 2,558 years ago. The architecture of the temple and the choreography of the ceremonies combine to create stunning visual compositions: images of the thousands of small golden Buddha statues that make up the central dome, the 100,000 lanterns lit up at night, and the thousands of monks and other Buddhist devotees gathered in circles and rows to meditate. [18 photos total]

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Thai Buddhist monks pray and gather at Wat Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok, to participate in Makha Bucha Day ceremonies on March 4, 2015. (Sakchai Lalit/AP Photo) #
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Buddhist monks prepare for an alms offering ceremony at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple as the sun rises on Makha Bucha Day, March 4, 2015. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters) #
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Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple, Thailand, as seen from above. (Google, Inc.) #
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Buddhist devotees meditate during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple on March 4, 2015 on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. (Nicolas AsfouriAFP/Getty Images) #
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Buddhist devotees walk with candles during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple on March 4, 2015. (Nicolas AsfouriAFP/Getty Images) #
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Buddhist devotees meditate during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple on March 4, 2015. (Nicolas AsfouriAFP/Getty Images) #
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A dome composed of thousands of small Buddha statues, part of the Dhammakaya Temple, photographed on March 4, 2015. (Nicolas AsfouriAFP/Getty Images) #
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Thai Buddhist monks pray and gather at Wat Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province on March 4, 2015. (Sakchai Lalit/AP Photo) #
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A closer view of the thousands of small Buddha statues that cover the dome of Dhammakaya Temple, seen on March 4, 2015. (Nicolas AsfouriAFP/Getty Images) #
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Buddhist monks walk with candles during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple on March 4, 2015. (Nicolas AsfouriAFP/Getty Images) #
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Buddhists holding candles encircle a large Buddha statue during Makha Bucha Day at a temple on the outskirts of Bangkok on March 4, 2015. (Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters) #
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Buddhist devotees light candles and pray during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple on March 4, 2015. (Nicolas AsfouriAFP/Getty Images) #
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Thai Buddhists take part in a candle lighting ceremony on March 4, 2015 at Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Bangkok, Thailand. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images) #
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Buddhist monks pray during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple on March 4, 2015. (Nicolas AsfouriAFP/Getty Images) #
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Buddhist monks prepare for an alms offering ceremony at the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province on March 4, 2015. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters) #
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2,000 monks and far more laypeople gather for a candle lighting ceremony on March 4, 2015 at Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Bangkok, Thailand. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images) #
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A long exposure of a procession of laypeople carrying candles during a ceremony on March 4, 2015 at Wat Phra Dhammakaya. (Taylor Weidman/Getty Images) #
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A Buddhist monk prays during a ceremony at the Dhammakaya Temple in Bangkok on March 4, 2015 on the occasion of Makha Bucha day. (Nicolas AsfouriAFP/Getty Images) #

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