One day a few months ago my dad noticed a car broken down in our neighbor’s driveway. Upon further inspection he realized they were a group of monks in traditional orange robes. None of them spoke English but there was a lady driving them around who had been in the US for a few years so she could speak some English. What my dad got, between the broken English and the frantic gestures, is that they were on their way to a temple just a few minutes away. Later, he forgot all about it.
When Sharon and I arrived last month we were talking about monks and it jogged his memory… oh yeah! There’s a Buddhist temple just down the road. I checked it out several times without seeing a living soul in the vicinity but was blown away by how authentic it was. Today I went back for the fourth time and was able to meet the monks, speak Thai with them and get the calendar for the next few weeks.
If you live in the mid-Michigan area and would like to see the temple with me I’ll be glad to take you and show you a Buddhist ceremony this Saturday, August 4th at 10:00 AM. It’s the khao pansa ceremony that celebrates the traditional entering of the rain retreats in Thailand or “Buddhist Lent.”
Call me at 517-203-9511 and I’ll give you directions.