Vietnamese Buddhist Community Celebrate Buddha’s Birthday

I’ve often passed this Vietnamese Temple, but never have the opportunity to go inside until this past Sunday.

Vietnamese Temple

I was on my way back from visiting my dad, and saw cars parked in front, I made a U turn and came back to the temple, not sure at the time if I‘d be welcome.

This is a Vietnamese Buddhist temple, and on Sunday they were celebrating Buddha’s Birthday. The celebration came a bit early because they’ve several temples, and there will be another celebration at their big temple in South Carolina this coming weekend. I was invited to eat lunch with them, but it was around 3 PM, and I knew that they were done eating and told them thank you, and that I had already eaten at my dad’s.

The inside is real nice, I paid my respect the Laotian Buddhist way, knelled on the floor and Wai (hands in upside down Y) 3 times and said my prayers. After I finished, one of the men that was there gave me an incense stick, and I lit it and said my prayers again, still knelling on the floor. Then I saw a Vietnamese lady, she appears to be in her 60s and stood next to me and bowed 3 times. I smiled, a bit embarrassed, so that is how it’s done, I’ll remember next time.

This is their Big Buddha, the characters in the background appear to be Chinese characters.

Vietnamese Temple

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