Kenneth Pham, Technician Online: Thanks to pop-culture representations, meditation is seen as something that takes place in the isolation of a lush forest at the top of a Himalayan mountain. Those who practice the delicate art know one does not have to be alone or in an exotic location to meditate.
Billy Juliani, a junior in philosophy and the president of N.C. State’s Buddhist Philosophy Club, defined meditation as the practice of “living in the present moment and being aware of what’s around us.”
“It reduces stress and anxiety and promotes a more peaceful and thoughtful approach to looking at the world,” Juliani said …
From the outside, the building at 1602 Lane St. looks very much like the Protestant church it used to be.
Walking in, after leaving your shoes outside, you’ll notice that the pews have been replaced by long cushions.
The first thing to draw your eye, however, is an immense golden statue of Buddha. Flanked by two umbrellas, it indicates unequivocally that the modest Calvary Presbyterian Church has been transformed into something rather exotic for these parts — a Buddhist temple.
The Tinh Tam Buddhist Meditation Temple primarily serves Vietnamese Buddhists but welcomes anyone who wants to attend.
Buddha taught that the world is suffering, and the religion of Buddhism teaches freedom or liberation from suffering.… Read more »