Buddhist temple of Georgia USA
Picture Quotes, Themed/Travel Photography

An unexpected discovery of Divine & 5 Great Buddha picture quotes!

I live in United States, and NO, I did’t travel half way round the globe for this photograph!

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This could easily have been some spot in Thailand or Cambodia, isn’t it? :)

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But to my great delight and thrill, I made this serendipitous discovery right here in America, that too, less than 100 miles away from home!

Last weekend, while traveling south on I-675, I noticed a vibrant, multi-colored Asian structure surrounded by these huge statues of Buddha glancing over the trees on that side of the road. I was awestruck.

So magnificently colorful, such a unique styled structure, and so ornate carvings! Was I really in America?

What was that!?

I quickly pulled up Google Maps on my phone and found out that it was a Buddhist temple known as – Wat Lao Buddha Phothisaram.

The term “Wat” is borrowed from Pali word – Vatta, meaning – “Which goes on, or, is customary, i. e. duty, service, custom, function”.

A Wat is a Buddhist temple in Thailand, Cambodia or Laos.

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Obviously, on my way back, I stopped at this curious spot. It was early evening. The doors were closed, maybe because it was not a good time, but most probably because the temple structure is still under construction. I noticed some painters painting the pillars on which the statues rest.

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It was not possible to go inside the temple but there was no complaint – the presence of the divine could very well be felt in the peace & silence of the place. And also, the exterior of the temple is intriguing enough for the senses to keep admiring!

After this brief stop at this beautiful temple, I looked up for images of few other “Wat – temples” around the world. I found out that the style of this temple was in no way less authentic than those in the Buddhist majority countries.

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Now, this is one of the things that makes me praise America. Presence, serious presence of so many ethnic groups and their unique cultural backgrounds they bring with themselves!

I don’t follow Buddhism as a religion, I am not a religious person anyways, but I am always keen to understand the ancient wisdom of any religion, the very basic teachings it offer, about how to live life in the right way. Since last few years, I have been reading about Zen spirituality quite often .

Living mindfully. – I have understood, is the central message of Zen Buddhism.

The presence of such a beautiful Buddhist temple so near to home made me feel good, simply, good.

Waiting for it to finish soon & to see it in its full glory…

Meanwhile, here are 5 great quotes from Gautama Buddha which I combined with one of my photographs of Wat Lao Buddha Phothisaram – to make picture quotes; feel free to download and share them with people who matter to you! :)


“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”

-Buddha

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“What we think, we become.”

-Buddha

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“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.”

-Buddha

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“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

-Buddha

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“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.”

-Buddha

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Do beautiful words of wisdom inspire you ? Check out my Instagram page, I combine my nature photography with some timeless mindfulness quotes and post there regularly!


Images & Article Copyright ©2017 Gyaneshwari Dave

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