Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds | Stockton’s artful Buddhist temple

Sometimes I’m amazed at what exists so close to home. Last week, worried we were going to miss the sun that was setting over Stockton, we pulled into the Stockton Cambodian Buddhist Temple.

It’s one of those places you don’t really think about visiting if you’re not Buddhist and if you aren’t willing to search for the color around you. But it’s there, vibrant and intricate, in an old, sleepy neighborhood in Southeast Stockton.

We walked up the statues that were quickly becoming dark silhouettes against the orange sun, and the three of us captured the artistic Buddhist storytelling until the moon emerged from the other side of the earth.

Here are (a lot, sorry) photos from that evening. I hope you enjoy them.

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7 Responses to Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds | Stockton’s artful Buddhist temple

  1. martha esch says:

    Wow! Another cool place you’ve turned us in to, Laauren. Awesome photo skills, as usual!

  2. Steve says:

    It’s interesting and rewarding when we find some gem that lies so close but is relatively unknown. Love the multitude of colours. Great use of different viewpoints in the shots! Cheers!

  3. rebekka says:

    SO gorgeous and wonderful!!!

  4. mairedubhtx says:

    I live in a townhome complex that is right next door to a Vietnamese Buddhist temple shrine. The shrines are beatiful and the have peacocks and roosters roaming around the gardens and beautiful pennants flying. The place is ringed with statues of lions on the tops of the fence that goes around the perimeter. I also live a block away from a Sikh temple and 3 blocks away from the Chinese Baptist church and the Lebanese Maronite Church., as well as a Zen Buddhist temple (not very colorful). Very ecumenical neighborhood.

  5. I had a real live oooh and aaah moment as I slowly scrolled through this post. Thanks you for helping me see the planet in new ways and for always making my heart smile. You are a master with the lens my lovely one…whatta eye. 😉
    xoxo, C.

  6. Americans, unfortunately have little appreciation for this art. So little exposure. Self encapsulated.. Great post, love the colors.

  7. Beautful. I had no idea that was in Stockton. Now I want to find one aroiund San DIego. Thank you so much for sharing!

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