After arriving back on mainland British Columbia from Vancouver Island the day before, as we were heading to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, we passed the International Buddhist Temple. It looked like an interesting place but didn’t stop to look inside. So the following day, we had another family gathering planned for dinner so my mom’s relatives took us sightseeing again when we had some time to burn – this time to the International Buddhist Temple in Richmond.
The temple was an amazing experience! Since it was about closing time, I had to run through the complex and shoot photos faster than I have ever done before. Being the 2nd to last day of the trip, I had to make the most of the limited time available. But I was literally stopped in my tracks when I stepped into the Seven Buddha Pavilion and saw the Thousand Hands Buddha. Despite never having traveled overseas I suddenly felt transported to Tibet. I could imagine people falling to their knees in prayer at the foot of the statue because it almost happened to me and I’m not even Buddhist!
The International Buddhist Temple isn’t highlighted in the tour guide books but this is definitely a must-see if you are in the Vancouver area.
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