Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Macang Monastery at Night

Macang Monastery at Night by deanv41
Macang Monastery at Night, a photo by deanv41 on Flickr.

"Everything changes, nothing remains without change.”

-- Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.

Buddhism evolves in interesting ways as it comes through cultures, adapting aesthetically, being changed by it, while bringing a core of powerful values to each society, thereby changing it. Its influence on America's West Coast is profound. San Francisco's culture and cityscape, in particular, have been transformed by Buddhism over the past half century. Many historic churches and cathedrals have become monasteries.

This photograph taken at night shows one of the city's oldest parishes, once known as Old Saint Patrick's. It was located on Market Street and Third Street where The Palace Hotel now stands. Prior to the Catastrophe of 1906, it was physically moved to The Western Addition on Eddy by Divisadero, and so is the city's oldest surviving church structure dating from 1854. The Greek Revival building was superseded around 1915 by the twin towered cathedral seen here. The original church lies on the lot just beyond it.

In 2006, after years of abandonment it was resurrected as Macang Monastery, led by Dharma King, Palden Lodoe. The original parish building is now the Monastery's art gallery.

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