Ahh the tranquility of a religious space is so soothing to the soul that it's sometimes difficult remembering why you didn't go sooner or why you don't spend as much time in a place that brings you peace as you probably ought to.
That's how I felt last Friday when my friend Jennifer and I took our boys (and my mom) on an outing to a local Chinese Buddhist temple. From the outside the building itself reveals nothing of the beauty it holds. My mom thought it was a storage facility and Jennifer revealed that most people think it's a restaurant. Me, I'd drive by and glance in it's direction before refocusing on the task at hand. Like the Buddhist themselves, so unassuming and humble with beauty and tranquility emitting from their peaceful presence and the glow of life that shines bright through their eyes, the temple was a true gem.
Next stop will be Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights. I'm hoping for gardens and a place to release a prayer.