Buddhist Pagoda of Peace


Without a doubt this is one of the most original and exotic places in Vienna. The pagoda’s white as snow walls with lazy waters of the Danube river in the background can pull up the visitor’s sight like a magnet. Built in 1983, it is a place, where since accepting Buddhism as a religion, followers gather to meditate under the care of the Japanese monk – Gyosei Masunagi. The monk lives alone here, and by his presence, prayer and meditation he popularizes peace on earth. The nearby bungalow has a big meditation room with an altar and statues and is also the monk’s home address, open only at selected hours.

Once a year Austrian Buddhists celebrate Vesakh. During the celebration the suits’ colors are mostly white and yellow, and you can also hear hand drums and people reciting texts and prayers. Then the celebration ends with Asian foods, music and dancing.

The Japanese religious movement of Nipponzan-Myohoji, which includes the Viennese temple (There are about 70 pagodas of piece in the world) was created after bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If you want to behave right, you should first stop in front of the Buddha statue with your hands cupped, and next walk around the statue clockwise three times and light up a few incenses. Handelskai, 2., Hafenzufahrtsstraße.

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