New Statues Blessed at Buddhist Temple

July 18, 2007

Author: Jennifer Torres

Source: The Buddhist Channel,4485,0,0,1,0

STOCKTON, CA (USA) -- Seven angels watch over the garden at Wat Dharmararam Buddhist Temple. They are the protectors of the sea, the earth, the sky and the trees.

Built from wire and concrete and nine months of labor, the seven angels await blessing from the saffron-robed monks who preside over temple ceremonies.

The seven angels, each more than 10 feet tall, are the newest among the Cambodian temple's giant statues; most depict scenes from the life of Siddhartha Gautama, who would become Buddha. They represent artifacts of faith and culture for a refugee community whose religion was battered under communist rule.