We visited the Golden Tooth Buddha temple. Devotional practices, like this man in front of the temple, are everywhere. Inside, on the fouth floor, a tooth is encased in an ornate case. The golden tooth is in its own room surrounded by gold floor tiles and brilliant red fabrics. A young monk is off to the side blessing a devotee while meditation cushions on either side invite contemplative prayer.
}. I remember my earlier involvement in Buddhism ( after returning from an extensive tour of Southeast Asia ) and appreciate that I have a meditation practice in the Christian tradition which, in many ways, parralells Buddhism with devotional, contemplative, and prayer practices.