Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The International Buddhist Temple

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On Sunday, I went to The International Buddhist Temple.  It’s also called ‘Kuan Yin Temple’. It has an amazing building that follows the traditional Chinese imperial style with multiple beautiful Buddhist statues. For example, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva (Thousand-Hand-Thousand-Eye) who’s each hand and eye symbolizes the Bodhisattva watching over humankind and protecting them from danger. The serene grounds of the temple are adorned with pine trees, spruce, and elegant bonsai, all planted after careful deliberation.

I don’t know Buddhism very well but I was amused when I learned a bit about the religion and culture.

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Non-Buddhist can also visit there. General hours are 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, seven days a week.  The vegetarian cafeteria is open from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, and the Thousand Buddha Hall is open from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.  All other areas are open until 5:30 PM. 

General rules: no smoking, no littering, no photography or videotaping inside the buildings, and no non-vegetarian food on the premises.

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