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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Sacred Sites Trip

 

As part of the Gr. 11 World Religions course, students had the opportunity to visit two sacred sites on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016. Students visited the Cham Shan Temple to observe various sacred objects, symbols, and practices of Buddhism. They also had an opportunity to speak with a spiritual leader from the temple.  The Cham Shan Temple stands out as the earliest founded Buddhist building and one of the largest Buddhist organizations to spread the Mahayana (Great Vehicle) Buddhism in Toronto.

 

Students also visited the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir complex which has become the focus of interest and wonder for local citizens and visitors to Toronto. The complex consists of a fusion of traditional Indian architecture with modern technology. Students were awestruck by the unique architecture and the detailed intricacy of the carvings. The Mandir is a masterpiece of intricate design and workmanship of ancient Indian arts, traditions and philosophy. Students visited the Mandir to experience Hinduism and the peace and tranquility the sacred Mandir and murtis provide.

 

The Grade 11 World Religions course enables students to witness other faith traditions in order to encourage them to critically analyze the similarities and differences to the Catholic tradition. By studying other world religions, students demonstrate a deeper appreciation for their own faith journey.

 

 

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