Is this just north of Leland on Winthrop, in the front yard of a three flat?
You are correct "E.W. Darling!"
It's the Kampuchean Buddhist Society, composed of Cambodians (originally established by survivors of the Khmer Rouge). Every now and then you'll see someone dressed like the Dalai Lama walking around the neighborhood, and every holiday there's a parade with drums and music.I love our diverse neighborhood!
I agree with Truman Square Neighbor. It's people like this that make life in Uptown and the far North Side rich and interesting.
On a similar topic...does anyone know what is going on with the Church (I think it's Buddhist) on the corner of Wilson and Ashland? They have a huge stage built.
I also see Buddhists in golden robes at the Wat Phrasriratanamahadatu temple. They have amassed a little compound with a temple on Racine and two large houses directly behind it on Magnolia.Uptown has such a great concentration of religious institutions. It's pretty amazing.
The Buddhist temple on Wilson and Ashland, which I believe is Cambodian as well, celebrates Wesak every year in mid-May. Wesak is the celebration of the Buddha's birth, death, and enlightenment. Last year, the temple there had an all day bash, where they opened their doors to the entire community. There was food, traditional dances put on by the children, and bands that played (Cambodian, rock, jazz, and blues!). It was a pretty interesting event, with nieghbors, members of the temple, nuns, and monks all chatting and enjoying the day. I am not sure when the day of the event is this year, but it must be sometime soon if the stage is any indication.