After picking up our rental car on Friday, I thought it would be really neat to go the International Buddhist Society Temple in Richmond, BC. Buddhism is a very interesting religion (or philosophy) to me-It promotes peace, harmony and discourages ego and strong attachment to superficial things. Overall, it seems much healthier in its outlook then many other religions. As soon as we arrived, I felt the stress melting away and enjoyed all the natural beauties of the area, like this pond:
and these statues..
All the buildings were in this early Chinese style-Beautiful and pristine.
There was a HUGE Buddha statue inside one of the buildings with incense sticks and little photos and words of followers who have since passed away. I couldn’t take any pictures of the large statue, but I did manage to snap this picture in the courtyard of a smaller one:
There was also some artwork presenting an image of General Guan Yu and the work he did to help promote Buddhism in China. Hubby is a big fan of the General and knows quite a bit about the Three Kingdoms period. Here is an engraving that I liked of some herons:
And here is a really cute panda statue
I used to wonder how followers of Buddhism practice their spirituality and religion. What sort of rituals do they do? Well this translation of another text provided some of the answer.