Field Trip to Stockton’s Cambodian Buddhist Temple
How ideal for Dr. Tanya Storch's Asian Religious Traditions class that Pacific should have a Buddhist Temple virtually in its backyard. In March, the class took a field trip to the Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple (Wat Dharmararam). The grounds are home to over 90 vibrantly colored, larger-than-life statues that tell the story of the Buddha.
Students were enthusiastic about the visit. One said, "The field trip was very interesting and engaging; not only was it easier to absorb the concepts and stories of Buddhism, but the artwork was very inspiring." Another described the temple as "unique and breathtaking." Others appreciated the informative aspect of the statues: "It brought the story of the Buddha to life."
In Asian Religious Traditions (RELI 135), students study the traditional religions of India, China, Tibet and Japan, and attempt to delineate the spirituality, beauty and wisdom of these traditions. The course traces the rich historical and cultural heritages of Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism; the Taoist ways of achieving harmony in the world; and the melding of nature and ritual life in Shinto, the indigenous faith of the Japanese. Dr. Storch also shares her practical knowledge of Buddhist meditation.
Link to learn more about the Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple (Wat Dharmararam): http://www.visitstockton.org/Things-to-Do/Arts-Entertainment/stockton-cambodian-buddhist-temple
Sea dragon statue at the entrance of the Cambodian Buddhist Temple