The students and teachers from the Rush-Henrietta Adult Literacy Program had the opportunity of a lifetime. Intermediate student Phouvanh Bouasy, a Buddhist monk from Laos, invited all students to visit the Buddhist temple on Martin Road in West Henrietta.
The students, of all faiths and nationalities, were singularly impressed with the beauty of the structure, the elaborateness of its decoration and the obvious care and love which went into its construction. Monk Phouvanh explained that everything in the temple was built with no outside assistance. The monks and members of the congregation erected the building by themselves.
The students had many questions for monk Phouvanh and he gave them detailed answers. Some great discussions about religions arose, with the students making comparisons between their religions and Buddhism. Everyone was genuinely impressed to discover how many similarities there were among the religions. Phouvanh told us that this is probably the only temple of its kind in all of the United States. The Rochester community is truly fortunate to have it in our area. It was certainly worth the visit and it was an educational experience for students and staff alike.