gateway to the temple

The Ever Blooming Silk - part 1

Accidental shrine

The Ever Blooming Silk - part 2

The Protector

The Ever Blooming Silk - part 3

The Announcer

A Buddhist temple is the place of worship for Buddhists, the followers of Buddhism. They include the structures called vihara, stupa, wat and pagoda in different regions and languages. Temples in Buddhism represent the pure land or pure environment of a Buddha.

Một ngôi chùa Phật giáo là nơi thờ phượng cho Phật tử, tín đồ Phật giáo. Chúng bao gồm các cấu trúc được gọi là vihara, bảo tháp, wat và chùa ở các vùng và ngôn ngữ khác nhau. Đền thờ trong Phật giáo đại diện cho vùng đất thuần khiết hoặc môi trường thuần khiết của một vị Phật.

Shrine of the Four Eyes

This shrine honors not only the all knowing concept of the "third eye", but also the concept of eyes on the back of my head. Surveillance cameras gives us knowledge. It centers us in place surrounded by the knowledge of inside and outside of our world. The glass swirls remind us that our sense of identity is circular. We swirl in the ego trying to center ourselves. We exist with both an internal identity and an external Identity.

Three Buddha Statues That Reflects Three Different Problems

The similarity between these three statues is that they are illustrating Buddha. These statues all have a different color and concept to their own interpretation on how to portray Buddha. The color chosen for these statue reminds me of my siblings and I. My brother reminds of the red one due to his easily triggered personality. One of his faults lies in trusting in his anger as a solution to his problems. As he slowly matures he has been learning to let things go. The clam face on the red Buddha statue is what I hope my brother will be able to become when he truly...

Shrine of the Red Hot Sister

Red sandcastles and children   Close up (Dave's Story) This is the shrine dedicated to Dave's red hot sisters who have enabled him to be the 'Prince of Princes". This sister's wisdom, humility and beauty have guided and empowered him to take on the world. Though his heart is gentle he has learned to push forward in the world with smiles and charm. (Câu chuyện của Dave) Đây là ngôi đền dành riêng cho các chị em nóng bỏng của Dave, người đã giúp anh trở thành "Hoàng tử của Hoàng tử". Sự khôn ngoan, khiêm nhường và vẻ đẹp của chị gái này đã hướng dẫn và trao...

Mother Nature

The world is surrounded with nature, she is an unstoppable force that is far beyond our human control. Her power is to protect and take care of her children with her love. The beads that the mother holds in her hands are the seeds of which she uses to plant. She has the ability to create and grow more plants to nurture the earth. Without her love and mysterious power to continue nurturing this planet, it would be impossible to maintain balance that are crucial to our survival. She reflects the motherly figure that we aspire to see in our own mother too. A kind...

The Faded Statue of a Woman: Inevitable Changes that Happens to Everyone

The statue of the older woman looks as if she blends in with the surrounding. As the years of her youth slowly goes by, she loses her vibrancy in her appearance and in her mind. The responsibility of becoming an adult had worn her out. The older a person becomes, the less amount of freedom they truly have. It is a result of being tied down to responsibilities such as work, family, and earning money. Children would not have to care for these things because they have their parents who take care of it for them. When children progress and become older, they are...

Santa and the Two Vases

Santa arrives with his sack. This is a shrine about vessels and joy. A vessel is mother. It is place we go to be nurtured and replenished. We generally are rewarded with gifts and joy from both Santa's sack and mother's vessels. Ông già Noel và hai chiếc bình ông già Noel phía sau tấm quà của ông già Noel, ông già Noel đến với bao của ông. Đây là một ngôi đền về tàu thuyền và niềm vui. Một con tàu là mẹ. Đó là nơi chúng ta được nuôi dưỡng và bổ sung. Chúng tôi thường được thưởng bằng quà tặng và niềm vui từ cả hai bao của ông già Noel và tàu...

Progress Awaits: The LGBTQ community

The LGBTQ community has been struggling to make steady progress throughout the years with the growing acceptance within the American society. However, for the progress of the acceptance of the LGBTQ, there need to be changes. These changes lie within our perspectives and approach for the normalcy of the community. In order to create changes, we must think and follow different paths or roads that have not been thought of or have been created before. The vibrant and colorful wheels of the bike are the colors representing the LGBTQ. Cats and mouse are typically viewed as...

Meditation on a Back Porch

A Buddhist temple is the place of worship for Buddhists, the followers of Buddhism. They include the structures called vihara, stupa, wat and pagoda in different regions and languages. Temples in Buddhism represent the pure land or pure environment of a Buddha. Một ngôi chùa Phật giáo là nơi thờ phượng cho Phật tử, tín đồ Phật giáo. Chúng bao gồm các cấu trúc được gọi là vihara, bảo tháp, wat và chùa ở các vùng và ngôn ngữ khác nhau. Đền thờ trong Phật giáo đại diện cho vùng đất thuần khiết hoặc môi trường thuần khiết của một vị...

Life is like a Bike

The white faded bike is a representation of life Albert Einstein had said “Life is like riding a bike. To keep your balance you must keep moving”. It is important to stroll through the various experiences you will or had in life and to not dwell on the past. If you were to put the brakes on your bike, it would be impossible to keep your momentum. As we continue to move forward, we try to find our own path while balancing the different types of responsibilities that weigh on our shoulders. Whether your path is down a bumpy road or filled with signs pointing...

Three Faces

There is a Japanese proverb that regards to a person’s identity. That saying goes like this, humans have three faces, which means that the first face is what you show to strangers that you come across. The second face is what you show to those you love such as your close family and friends. The third face is what you show only to yourself. This is the truest representation of you. The crystal statue of the woman also has three faces. The woman’s face in the left is what she shows to other people. This side of her is physically peeking outside of the crystal,...

Fanning Away the Outside Noises

The statue that reflects the relationships between a husband and his wife What may seem like a lover's quarrel is instead a tender moment between a husband and his beloved wife. Although they face away from each other with piercing gazes, their vision eventually meet and so does the future that they see in the distance. The saying “words coming in one ear and out the other” is not the scenario for this couple. The wife covers one ear with a fan to retain the conversation and lends her other ear for her husband. She does not let the outside noise distract her...

Shrine of the Flower Boy and the Chinese Vase

      The Shrine of the Flower Boy and the Chinese Vase is about the joining of the innocence of boys and the recognition that the Flower vase is a vessel on love and seduction. The Boy is perched on the vase like a mother holding up her son as a gift to the gods. He is still young enough to play in her fertility and bath in her love. Đền thờ của Flower Boy và Vase Trung Quốc là về sự tham gia của sự vô tội của các chàng trai và sự công nhận rằng bình hoa là một tàu về tình yêu và quyến rũ. Cậu bé đang ngồi trên chiếc bình như một người mẹ ôm...

Curious frogs

The frogs are looking up at the boy with curiosity. Before the world was populated with humans, there were animals that roamed this planet. However, ever since the creation of humans, the planet is no longer in the flourishing and nurturing state like it was in before. It is important to care for the planet in order to co-exist with the animals and nature. People can be self-centered because they do not think about the future generation. It is a normal tendency for humans to think about their world before noticing the world around them. The environment is...

City Boy

The city is crowded with not only people but also noises and distractions that fills the air. However, those who grow up in those type of environment can appreciate the chaotic noises as if it is music to their ears. Within the various pictures that hang around the boy, may seem like a disorganized mess, but are an actual subtle representation that is associated with the concept of the urban lifestyle. The picture of the building reminds you of the skyscrapers that consume the majority of the city. The car that can be seen hanging behind the boy, is to...

Bottles of Emotions

Bottles and Haircuts Closeup Beauty inside the vessels The shrine of the kitties A barbershop is a common place where people are able to have conversations and an opportunity to build connections. Words spoken between a barber and their clients are not only to discuss the desired haircut, but also to talk about themselves. The time in which a person gets their haircut, a conversation is most likely to spark in order to get rid of the silence. The barber is not only concentrated on cutting their clients’ hair but also the stories and problems that pours out of the client’s...

God of Wealth

My parents came to America from Vietnam to search for their American Dream. Just like most immigrants who come to this country, they all strive to be financially successful. Both of my parents work day and nights, even if that means not being able to attend our graduations or important school events. Their love for us is what motivated them to continue to endure many obstacles, in hopes that my siblings and I would not have to go through the similar struggles they had faced in their country. It is common for Asian families to display a statue of this god and...

The Bride in the Red Dress

The bride is in an extravagant traditional Chinese wedding dress for women. In western and modern culture, white has been the traditional color for the brides to wear. However, red symbolizes good luck in Asian culture, which is why the brides would wear the bright color. Marriage is an important aspect of growing up, and it is also commonly expected of a couple before they officially start a family together. The idea to proclaim your love for one each other in front of your friends and family is a way to bring both sides of the couple’s families together. My...

A Statue that Differs from the Expectations of Light and Dark Colors

The dark face of deity’s contrast with the white surroundings. As a result, the statue draws in the attention to the details and intricate designs of the deity. The color black not only contrast with the white surroundings but also with the typical connotations that are associated with those colors. White is seen as the color of purity and holiness whereas, the color black is seen as sinister and dangerous. Whereas this somber statue shows no sign of a menacing atmosphere. The calmness of the deity’s face shows an aura of serenity. The dark color does not...