In our travels yesterday Liddy and I decided to stop at a place I have always been curious about but never did stop. At 140 East St, in Morris, CT is the Wat Lao Buddha Ariyamett Aram Temple. We pulled in the driveway, and a man on a lawn tractor waived us inside with a big smile on his face. Another group of men were erecting a tent, and we saw a few monks walking about the place.
The Temple is such a stark difference to our usual New England vista. A welcome change, as soon as you enter through the gates you feel as if you have just been transported to another country.
Only one man spoke English, and he apologized that his language skills were not more accomplished. He said he had so much more he wanted to tell us about everything. We really had no trouble understanding him, however it was very apparent he wanted to tell us far more than he was able to. And truth be told, I had a million questions I would love to have asked him. He was kind and gracious to us, and invited us back on September 2, 2012 for a festival. There will be food to buy, music, many things going on. I cannot find anything online about the festival, but we hope to be able to attend!
We were taken into one of the temples on the property. It is all a work in progress, they are still adding detail to the back of the building. They have not only built the temple buildings themselves, (there appears to be a main temple, which we did not go into, and a few other smaller temples) they also make the statues and the details on the buildings right there. He showed us how they make them, no factory, they sit under a tent outdoors, a labor of love indeed. I did understand that the building we were shown is used for meditation, and we were told that we could only go so far inside as women are only allowed half way in the building.
What a beautiful, peaceful place! I cannot find much information about this particular Temple online, and the language barrier does exist. None of the other men there spoke English, but their smiles and nods told us it was ok were there, even with my camera. Liddy remembered a client of hers who said he often drives there to meditate, perhaps he can fill us in later. I have found that they follow Theravada Buddhism which translates to "the Teaching of the Elders".
The Temple opened in 2002, and our escort told us that people drive from all over to come, from all over Connecticut, from as far as New Jersey. I believe, from what he told us, most of the members are from Laos.
If you are out and about driving near Morris, CT, do stop at the Wat Lao Buddha Ariyamett Aram Temple at 140 East Street, Morris, CT. You should find a friendly group, despite the language barrier. And you will find some very interesting architecture and some of the most colorful buildings and statues I have ever seen!
Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate
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