Workers construct scaffolding for repair work around the Shwedagon Paya Buddhist temple in Yangon, Myanmar, Thursday, June 5, 2008. Like many other sights and attractions in Yangon and Myanmar, they bear the signs of damage from cyclone Nargis, which on May 2-3 left 78,000 people dead and another 56,000 missing, mostly in the country's southern Irrawaddy delta region.(AP Photo)
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A former Buddhist temple has been moved
from Japan to Greenville, South Carolina, where it now stands on
the campus of Furman University.
Next semester, Furman students will sit on its wooden floors and
meditate for 90 minutes in a class called "Realizing Bodymind."
The so-called Place of Peace was shipped in 2,400 pieces and
reassembled by artisans from Japan.
The structure, donated by a Japanese family, symbolizes the
school's evolution. Founded in 1826 by the South Carolina Baptist
Convention, Furman is recasting itself as a center for Far Eastern
Furman was affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention until
1991. The university's Web site now expresses "respect for a
diversity of religious perspectives."