March 15, 2004

Scituate to Braintree

Brother Temm and Jim taking a different type of journey right after lunch.
Walking into Weymouth.
Kato Shonin leads a discussion on the Massachusetts state flag.
The flag is an arm holding a sword over a native American.

It was a pleasant day to walk today. We walked through Scituate and Cohasset to lunch at the Unitarian Church in Hingham, where we were fed a wonderful meal by some friends met on last year's spring walk. Kato Shonin explained that it was more virtuous to receive a simple meal, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the excellent food. In the afternoon we walked through Weymouth to Braintree.

When the lights behind his head light up, it's like you've hit the jackpot!

I'm writing this in a Vietnamese temple in Braintree that used to be a nursing home. There is a central Buddha Hall surrounded by rooms. It would appear that the nurses station has been replaced by an altar with 4 Buddhas, complete with lights coming out from behind their heads. Nurses on duty replaced by meditating Buddhas - such is the evolution of this slice of America. From somewhere or another there's a deep gong that sounds about every 15 seconds - it sounds like a recording. The Buddhas on the altar are some of the youngest meditating Buddhas I've seen, and the lights coming from behind their heads - well, I guess there's no doubt that these Buddhas are enlightened.

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