Saturday, March 19, 2011

Buddhism in Geneva

Recently, I was thrilled to find out that there's a Buddhist temple right behind my office! My colleague and I went for a walk during our lunch break and chanced upon this beautiful temple. It doesn't have a traditional Buddhist temple structure and therefore did not really catch my eye but instead is a low round building.

At the entrance, there are a few stone statues and then there is a beautiful garden surrounding the temple.


My favorite part of the temple was the monk statues that portray the different aspects of Buddhist lifestyle. Look at them, so super cute!





Inside, there is a beautiful large Buddha surrounded by small stools for devotees to pray or meditate. The prayer area looks so neat and well maintained and is so serene. David and I went for a Sunday morning chanting session and we were warmly welcomed by the female monks and were guided through the chanting session. The chanting is done in Chinese but we were provided with English translations and tried our best to follow. We were not too bad:)! The chanting session starts of with a monk hitting a gong and everybody stands up and starts chanting. Like in Hinduism, there is a lot of prostration but I felt it is done in a more organized fashion. The chanting session lasted about 2 hours and the whole time I felt as though I was in Tibet!

The temple is maintained by a Taiwanese Buddhist Mission which practises Mahayana Buddhism and is actively involved in promoting Buddhist beliefs and also organizes Tai Chi classes, meditation sessions and several other events. The temple prepares simple vegetarian lunch on Sundays after the chanting session.





It was a very pleasant experience and a great place for anyone to just sit, meditate or simply enjoy the quietness and serenity of the place. If you do live in Geneva or visit, it is definitely worth going to this temple. The mission has a website that you can check for any events or classes.

4 comments:

David said...

Super cute little Buddhas!

lynn Spicher said...

PLEASE GIVE ME THE ADDRESS OF THE TEMPLE

Sandoko said...

Hi, can you tell us the name of this temple and where it was located?

TravelwithPreethi said...

The temple is located here:

20 bis, Chemin du Terroux, 1218 Grand-Saconnex, Geneva
Tel: +41 (0)22 929 8080 Fax: +41(0)22 929 8089 Email: genevaibps@gmail.com
Website: http://www.ibps-gccb.com/

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