When I made the visit to the Thai-Buddhist temple, I was surprised by the great emphasis the owners and builders put into the beautiful colors of the temple. The temple was very extravagant with predominantly white bases and golden towers. This led me to the assumption that people who practice Buddhism admire beauty and art in a different way than other religious communities who paint their cathedrals in gothic colors. With that being said, so much can be assessed from the appearance of the temple alone. The statues and art surrounding the outside of the temple featured an interesting looking man. Usually when I see Buddha’s depictions, I see an overweight bald man painted with golden colors. However, in this community, it seemed as though Buddha was depicted as a thin individual with long ears and dark hair—almost resembling an Indian man. After taking prolonged analyzation of the outside aesthetics of the temple, I was greeted by an individual named Carlos. He said he was the leader of the temple—when he was not working as an airlines pilot—and was eager to share so much about the philosophy, the monks, and interior of the temple as a layman...
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Visiting the temple was lovely because it allowed me to assess what was learned in lecture and apply it to an interactive experience. Just as mentioned in lecture Buddhism was well received throughout the Pacific region because of its tolerance for others. This was emphasized by Carlos when he was explaining the reason he decided to become a Buddhist. I also learned that the path to nirvana takes an individual to leave behind stress and embrace the truth that life is completely out of our control. By living a careless life free of stress and worry, any man may be happy. One particular thing I learned from the monks and loved was how tolerant they were to other people. Despite having no previous exposure to Buddhism, Carlos and the monks continuously insisted that I visit again and be part of the community—which I am very well looking forward in doing.
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