It is important to be culturally sensitive about subjects involving religion. I respect organized religion because it benefits vast amounts of people in so many ways.
Buddhism is an important part of life in Sri Lanka. As I blog about Buddhism, Buddha, and important religious sites such as the Sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, I am doing so with respect.
James and I went with a guide to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy last weekend to see the place that is believed to hold a tooth of the Lord Buddha. Hundreds of thousands of people come to this site each year to worship. We witnessed many men and women leaving flowers at the altar where the tooth is kept.
We weren't able to see the relic (this is what the tooth is called) but it was fascinating to witness the serene, patient, waiting of so many people to place flowers at the altar.
We enjoyed being at the temple and experiencing the special moments of people engaging with each other as they prayed, lit candles, and burned incense.