Last August, on a beautiful warm summer day, the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace made a stop at The Watt Munisotaram Buddhist Temple in the sleepy little farm community of Hampton, Minnesota. The Jade Buddha has been traveling the world to promote peace among all people and cultures. To date, 7,496,938 people have seen the Buddha.
A visit to the Jade Buddha website offers the following additional information:
The Jade Buddha
Here is a little video clip from the procession of the monks that I made when I was attending the event.
On a different but equally important note, It's that time of the year again to wish my favorite Vikings' player a very Happy Birthday!
Speaking of AC/DC, it's very possible that a few words paying a little overdue respect to this die-hard band will be found on this webpage in the near future.
Today I'd like to raise my glass, a wish for peace and a toast to #71.
One thing many human beings have in common in this world are challenges to live up to other people's expectations. Sometimes we are willing participants in creating those expectations and sometimes we are not. Consider celebrities or political figures or being born into a family, whether they are poor or royalty, or marrying into one, for better or worse. Maybe it's a job that appeared to be something it was not. On the contrary, perhaps the employee appeared to be someone he or she was not.
Could it be that many of the world's problems are caused by people not being able to be themselves? When someone can't be themselves or feels they need to behave a certain way to appease someone, it can lead to deceit and trickery, hiding and lying and contribute to copious amounts of unnecessary drama in the world. It doesn't have to be handled that way, but oftentimes it is.
I am wishing all of you a year of being comfortable in your own skin and being happy to be who you are!
I am a photographer who lives in Minnesota. I blog about Minnesota, photography, music, food and miscellaneous topics.