Searching for the Oracle of Delphi

Searching for the Oracle of Delphi

Consulting the Oracle of Apollo The Temple of Apollo on Mt. Parnassus was revered in ancient times as the place to go before attempting any ambitious endeavor. You would make a significant sacrifice, confer with the oracle, and reap your rewards. […]

Finding Yourself The Whimsical Otagi Nenbutsu Temple, Kyoto

The Whimsical Otagi Nenbutsu Temple, Kyoto

“Another temple?!” Everyone groaned. It seemed that if we weren’t eating, we were visiting temples. We loved Kyoto, but we were almost templed out. There are so many to see, all unique, all wonderful. There are just too many. Even I […]

Göbekli Tepe – The World’s First Cathedral?

Gobekli Tepe

Could the first organized religion be found on a small hill in Southern Turkey? The first time we visited Göbekli Tepe, we drove through the dust from Şanliurfa, a Muslim  pilgrimage site where Abraham was born and killed.  Even though […]

Grand Opening at a Korean Temple

Korea Temple

Korean Temple Grand Opening How colorful Korean temples are, and this one was being blessed for the very first time. Dignitaries and people came from all over to donate money, see the new temple, and receive blessings. It was one […]

Curious Boy Plays with the Incense in Chengdu

Chengdu Incense Burner

I love watching kids! When I visited Chengdu I wandered around this temple, keeping my eye on this little boy for about 30 minutes. He climbed all over it, stuck his hands in it, took out the incense and rearranged […]

Reflection #543 – Hong Kong Wishing Tree Lady

Wishing Tree Lady

A little jaunt to the Hong Kong wishing tree…what fun! Hong Kong is such a fascinating, chaotic, loud, fun city! We had had quite enough of the hustle and bustle, so we went searching for a little peace and quiet, […]

Reflection #520 – Songgwangsa Temple, Korea

Ssongwangsa Temple Korea

Songgwangsa Temple is one of Korea’s Three Jewel Temples of Buddhism, along with Tongdosa and Haeinsa. All of them are important religious sites. The three temples symbolize the three key tenets of Buddhism. Songgwangsa represents the Buddhist community or sangha, […]

World Heritage Site Japan – Nikko

Getting to Nikko was half the fun, especially on a snowy January day.  The train takes well over an hour from Tokyo and then it’s a bus ride or a walk to the temple.  It was a cold, wet snow […]

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