As I set foot into the gardens of Fo Guang Shan Temple, I am overwhelmed with the feeling of peace, tranquility and serenity. This was even more so in spring time when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. The temple has a Tea House where an array of healthy vegetarian food, coffee and tea are served, a place to socialize amongst family and friends.
This temple is like no others. The air surrounding the huge temple and its garden is fresh unlike most buddhist temples full of smoke from joss sticks and incense burning. The toxins found are harmful to the lungs and can cause allergic reaction to the skin and eyes. Research in Taiwan has lent credence to suspicions that the joss sticks and incense that are burned as offerings to the gods may get you to heaven far quicker than you’d like.
– quote http://www.cancer-fund.org/en/cancer_news_186.html
Entering a religious place of worship is not for everyone. I do know of some people who will not set foot into a church, a mosque or a buddhist temple because they are of different faith. Little Borneo Girl is a Christian who believes that religion is between oneself and God. There is no rules as far as I know that Christians or other faith cannot visit a buddhist temple. Anyone could visit a temple or a church in a secular way without worshiping anything there, instead use the peaceful environment to meditate on God. Worship is a state of mind. Again, this is one person’s view point. To each to his own.
For a second opinion, what do you think? To enter or not?
To me, as long as you are comfortable doing something, go for it. Enjoy the moment.
Fo Guang Shan Temple, Auckland
The Fo Guang Shan temple is a large temple and community centre of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist movement in the East Tamaki/Flatbush suburb of Auckland, New Zealand. It is the largest Buddhist temple in the country. The temple and complex were built over seven years at a cost NZ$ 20 million. It was designed in the architectural style of the Tang Dynasty. The temple also includes a large Buddha statue and a two-tonne bell.
Opened in late 2007, the mission of the new temple is to promote Humanistic Buddhism. But it is also intended to benefit (and is open to) non-Buddhists, “through education and teaching people how to lead good lives.” Even before its official opening, the temple had provided community courses such as Chinese calligraphy, Chinese language, yoga and martial arts, as well as providing a venue for crime prevention talks and meetings.[