Yesterday was the annual pilgrimage through Uptown by the monks of the (Vietnamese) Quang Minh Temple in Ravenswood. As Rev. Patti, from the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, explained several years ago:
"They are doing an ancient Buddhist custom of monks paying an annual visit to neighboring temples. Anyone is welcome to watch them pay respects at each temple and donations are appreciated from lay followers."
Photographer Bill Biederman saw the procession and took pictures, which he was generous enough to share with us.
We are lucky to live in a community like Uptown, where the experiences and backgrounds of our neighbors are so rich and varied. We love seeing the annual procession of the monks and learning about religious traditions different from what we grew up with.