|We met up with some other homeschoolers at the center|
Prior to our field trip the kids and I have been reading and watching DVD's on Buddhism and learning all we can about this religion. First a little background on who is Buddha. Siddhartha Gautama was born in India around 500 B.C. He was born into a wealthy family and he was very sheltered from the real world. One day he snuck outside and saw a sick man, dead man, and a old man and wondered why there was so much suffering. Next, he saw an monk who was content and again he wondered why. Siddhartha decided then to leave his wife and child and become a monk in search of answers to the meaning of life.
|Throughout the center we saw many different Rupas and learned the different meaning of the hand placements. My kids already knew this from visiting the British museum last month.|
|After a tour of the center and seeing each of the Rupas and hearing about Buddha story we headed for the largest shrine room|
|Where the kids learned about Tai Chi|
|We also learned that around the Shrine of the Buddhist there are flowers which represent life and death. Candles that represent the light of the world. Incense represent the spread of Buddhism (think of the smell of the incense spreading around)|
|The kids also had another chance to practice mediation|
|Buddhist hand signal when he reached enlightenment; supposedly, when he touched the ground the earth shook|