Wednesday noon we made our way again to this Buddhist temple in Hacienda Heights, the biggest in L.A. by far with 15 acres temple complex. And it was clearly a feast over there with the year of the snake just a few days of coming in… We come every year and the first time was in 2010 and it was during the Lunar New Year craze, and by that I really mean crazy. I made it sure the next time that we go would be a week before the temple gets super packed, where parking is impossible and a good serene prayer isn’t that serene.
As you enter the temple grounds and drive up that big hill to the parking you know as soon as you turn that corner you’re going to see something spectacular, something you’d never think would be nestled in Hacienda Heights, only a few miles away from a Vons and El Pollo Loco. Seeing the temple was like being transported to another country. We have to slow the car down just so we could really soak in the beauty of the outside…and to let a monk cross the street who jumped out in front of us (even monks jaywalk, that made me smile).
The smell of incense was everywhere, I lighted two of them and bowed to the Thousand Buddhas and asked for what is Divinely mine by birth — prosperity, abundance, wealth, good health and happiness for this year of the snake.
The shrine is flawless and I whipped out my camera to take a picture until I saw the “No Cameras” sign. Darn! It’s understandable though, everyone in there is in a zen-like zone. They’re kneeling, praying, meditating, it wouldn’t have felt right to take a picture of that private moment anyway. Several meditation classes were going on and lots of people were sitting around reading. It was like a private little paradise. But I took one anyway, without flash. It was so beautiful to pass just one click.
And off I went. With a big 😀 .
And their tea room is pretty nice too, they offer free coffee & tea of course.