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Freshly bloomed lotus in the grounds of the Vinh Trang pagoda | by shankar s.
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Freshly bloomed lotus in the grounds of the Vinh Trang pagoda

It is customary for many shrines or public places in Vietnam to keep a plate of cookies and cold green tea which visitors can help themselves to for free. Having seen that, the first thing that struck me as soon as I exited the Vinh Trang pagoda is this beautiful freshly bloomed lotus flower in the lotus pond opposite the entrance/ exit. The pagoda is surrounded by gardens of ornamental trees, ancient trees and bonsai, creating a peaceful atmosphere. It provided shelter for Vietnamese patriots and is recognized as a national historical and cultural relic by the government. In the present time, the monks besides maintaining the pagoda they also provide a home for children with disabilities, orphans and other kids in need which follow exactly the spirit of Buddhism – the love for humankind.(My Tho, near the Mekong Delta, Vietnam, Nov. 2016)

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Taken in November 2016