Finding Jesus (Buddha and Confucius, too) at the Cao Dai Holy See
Remember when Lt. Dan asked Forrest Gump if he had found Jesus yet, and Gump replied that he didn’t know he was supposed to be looking for him? Well, as we watched the daily noon service at the Cao Dai Holy See with Rotary Club members and Vietnam veterans from Rockland County, my father unexpectedly found Jesus, depicted along with Buddha, Confucius and other religious figures inside the massive, ornately decorated temple.
Our tour guide explained that Cao Dai, a Vietnamese religion, combines elements of Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity and other world religions. It can get confusing, so just click here if you want more information about the faith. And, here’s a quick slideshow with the sights and sounds of part of the noon service.