Sunday, June 20, 2021

Going rogue Buddhist

My Sunday Selections are normally quite a mixed bag of photos but I have a focus this Sunday. You can see what River and Elephant's Child post for Sunday Selections too.

I like Footscray. It has good and well patronised public transport. Most of its residents who shop in Footscray are either South East Asian or of black African heritage. The black men can be very tall and slim. In years past it was known for its open drug dealing but in the couple of years I've been going there, I have not seen any of that. It is not an area of wealth and has an edgy feel to it. There are white people there of course and those with mental issues are quite obvious and as per usual, loud but harmless. While R being less used to the area is not so relaxed, I feel quite safe there.

Maybe a year or more ago I sat at the same cafe as below and a handsome young black man gestured if he could sit at my table. He wasn't one of the tall ones. No reason to say no his request. He sat at a 90 degree angle to me. He was wearing very stylish jeans, bought deliberately threadbare on the legs with the flesh of his legs showing. He was one very sexy and stylish bloke. It was clear his English was poor. He gestured to his exposed legs and said sorry to me. And there gentle reader we enter what I should have said and not what I did say. I did not tell him how sexy he was, or that I wanted to have his babies. I just said 'fine, no problem'. I think about it every so often and I can never decide if it was an offer of a commercial transaction or I read too much into it.

Anyway, back to the outing.

If I had to choose a religion, Buddhism would be high on my list. It is such a peace loving religion. No? Burma? Army? Ah yes. There are always folk who spoil things.

Nevertheless for years seeing only the back view of a Buddhist temple and the large Heavenly Queen statue from the train line to the west was getting up my goat.

I bribed R with the offer of a bacon and egg brunch sitting outside in the cold wind at Maples Cafe in the Nicholson Street Mall in Footscray to make the trip by car. I even offered to drive. It was a little complicated to get there from Footscray so we followed 'Missy's' directions. She was wrong. We used instinct when we left and it was much quicker and easier.

The temple was quite lovely. It is not finished and I can't wait to see the Chinese garden to be built around it. 

You can see where the train runs behind Heavenly Queen. She sits on an island in a lake and best you look at the HQ website to get a context of how large she is by clicking through the photos.




It was a heavenly experience and I am pleased we made the effort.



I was quite impressed and whatever these figures are on the roof, how cute.

21 comments:

  1. I am very pleased you made the effort too. Thank you. Those pagoda figures remind me of ones on a Chinese pavillion beside our lake. I may have to go back and refresh my memory.

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    1. EC, I don't remember seeing your photos of the pavillion, but that could be because of my poor memory... or the photos were lousy :-P

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  2. Excellent Efforts There Brother Drew - Very Entertaining Photos As Well - All The Best This Week And Gotta Think You Found A Mural For Monday Around These Parts

    Cheers

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    1. Thanks Padre. Not this time but I do have some Footscray murals up my sleeve. Maybe I will use one for Monday Mural.

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  3. Room all religions I also préfère Bouddhisme although it seems it is not a religion but à philosophy. What they say makes sensé what la said in The bible, coran, or tora seems to be a g fairy tale .

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    1. Yes Gattina, it is more a philosophy.

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  4. The temples and statues are always lovely and well cared for. I don't know much at all about Buddhism, I know that rubbing the belly of the Buddha statue is supposed to bring luck. Maybe that's a myth. My youngest read up on Buddhism a long while ago and I think he follows some of the ideas, or he did for a while. Possibly still does, he's a gentle soul and seems to be sailing through life pretty serenely.

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    1. I always rub a Buddha belly River. Interesting about your son, but he may be like that regardless.

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    2. Yes, he was always a gentle boy, respectful from a very young age.

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  5. I been to Buddhist service once. I enjoy it very much.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, I have never been to one and I should one day.

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  6. I think of Buddhism as a philosophy rather than a religion; one that one can follow confidently.

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    1. Cro, any philosophy that has preached peace since eternity has to have something going for it.

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  7. That's a massive statue and it looks rather good - they certainly do do things on a large scale.

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    1. Margaret, although I am sure the community has owned the land for a long time, it would be very expensive to buy, just five minutes drive from the city.

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  8. It is interesting that the western suburbs of Melbourne, long seen as less classy than the east and south, are now the fastest-growing part of the city. More outer-suburban areas like Point Cook and Melton, but Footscray can only grow and benefit from the move to the west.

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    1. Hels, the apartment towers that have and are going up in Footscray are amazing. In time I expect a tram line will be built to Footscray from the city. Aside from Barkly Street, the area has a peacefulness and tranquillity.

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  9. Rightly or wrongly, I too, think of Buddhism as a peaceful religion. The chanting during their ceremonies has a calming effect on me.

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    1. Marie, Eddie's line from Ab Fab jumped to my mind, "I'm chanting as we speak".

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  10. Well I'm happy you made the trip Andrew, what an impressive place the HQ looks down over. Excellent link, loved the drone shots ✨

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