Buddhist Monk Garden in Mid June

I had a chance to visit the Buddhist Monk Garden again yesterday, everything is looking very good.

This is the Chinese pear tree, it bears quiet a bit of fruits, and a row of trees behind it are persimmon trees, and another row on the other side of the walkway.

The persimmons are doing well this year, but they will not be ready to harvest until mid September (note to self, need to go back in September.)

6 comments

  1. I do know that those Buddha statue are for spiritual use but I’ve seen them on shops around here for adding exotic art decor in the house. They are very expensive pieces. Is that allowed?

    I love the Golden Buddha.

  2. Hi K, these statues are in a worship hall, at the Temple (Wat.) I think if you are a Buddhist, and you were to place a Buddha statue in a garden or something, then it would be frowned upon because it’s considered an inappropriate place, but you’d see the westerners use this to decorate their zen garden, and it appears acceptable because it is viewed as art.

    I think most people weren’t sure of what to do because most think that Buddhist worship a statue as a god, and this is a misconception because we don’t believe that the Buddha was a god, so therefore a statue in resemblance of him is definitely not a god. We don’t worship a statue, but we pay respect because the Buddha statue reminds us of the human dimension in his teachings, the fact that Buddhism is human-centered rather than god-centered, and that we must look within, not without to find perfection and understanding.

    Back to the statue, if use as art and place in a respectable place or position, then it’s acceptable. Also, if it’s okay with your religious belief, and if view as art and it brings peace to your life, then it’s definitely acceptable because to me Buddhism is not a religion but a philosophical way of life.

  3. “… if view as art and it brings peace to your life, then it’s definitely acceptable because to me Buddhism is not a religion but a philosophical way of life.”

    That’s a way of putting it.

  4. very nice! I’ve always wanted to go to a temple and such, but never found the time and chance to, and most of all, i dont know where they are located at. I have few loas friends who do know where couple of them are at, but i haven’t found the time to actually really take the tour. it’ll be a great experence i am sure.

  5. ascandaloussin, it’s nice to go during a festival, and Wat Lao Buddhavong of Catlett, VA have a big celebration every year during the week of July 4th (I post information here), if you have time this might be a good place to visit and they have beautiful water lily pond.

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