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Year 5's visit to the Buddhapadipa Temple

This week, Year 5 visited the Buddhist Temple in Wimbledon to learn about the life of  Buddha. 

Wat Buddhapadipa or the Buddhapadipa Temple is a Thai Buddhist temple in Wimbledon, London. It was the first such temple to be built in the United Kingdom. It is home to monks and nuns, but welcomes visitors of any faith to view the grounds and temple as long as they are respectful.

The children were amazed by a great shrine built for the Buddha. There are three statues of the Buddha in it; the back one is black, the middle statue is gold, and the front statue is green and smaller than the other two. These statues are surrounded by candles and other decorations.

After learning about life as a Buddhist monk the children took part in some meditation. This prompted some wonderfully insightful questions from the children. Also within the grounds are a house, pond, and several bridges. In the gardens signs are posted, each sign giving a message of wisdom to those who stop to read them.

Everyone was beautifully behaved and all our lovely children left with a renewed feeling of calm and tranquillity. 

Thank you to the Buddhapadipa Temple for being so welcoming.