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This is how the strings were attached to the large (dharma?) wheel behind the large statue. You can see our two Buddhas on the altar below the main Buddha. The faithful will kneel on the rugs, pull a string down and pray. In this manner, they will be connected to the Buddha and receive blessings (see Page 6).

The monks are waiting for the ceremony to begin. My husband is looking for the fish we bred and donated to the temple last year. The fish are cared for by the Hmong members.

Inside the main temple building, which is only temporary, is a larger shrine, plus two smaller ones. The large gold Buddha was purchased about two years ago. We attended a ceremony at Buddhist New Year's during which he was paraded around the temple grounds.