February 13, 2010

Jogey Temple, Seoul

Just at the walking distance, there is a Beautiful Buddhist Temple, Jogey Temple. From the day one, I was watching the beautiful temple and was making plans to visit it as soon as possible. The chilling temperatures, however kept it postponing to next day, next day and so on..



One fine afternoon, we decided to offer prayers at the temple. Within 5 minutes we were in the temple. The magnificent Buddha statue is excellent par anything. The beautifully decorated rooftops and prayer singers present a marvelous panorama.



The atmosphere was vibrating with the ongoing rhymes and verses, which quickly turned in the devotional spirits within our hearts. We were unable to recite along with everyone, but very soon I was soon recalling the teachings of Buddhism and the "Nirvana".

I did not noticed when I started praying:

बुद्धम् शरणम् गच्छामि
  
संघम् शरणम् गच्छामि

धम्मम् शरणम् गच्छामि





Rightly said, Praying to GOD does not require words – Prayer is conveyed by sentiments.

Once the prayer got over, the head priest arrived and everyone rushed to take his blessings. Me too was not in a mood to let go this opportunity, so I too rushed to seek his blessings.
Above all it was pleasing to see the religion which originated in my country being followed so religiously in other parts of the world.

Time was short and we had to rush back to our office so we started back, albeit a few rounds of pictures outside the temple too.
Will be coming back a few times more before I go back to my country. However I was a bit surprised as there were no youngsters in the Temple. Have to find the reason.


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