The diversity of our culture in Canada is one that only our country has, which is what made the grade 8s of Alpha’s world religion field trip so interesting and full of new discoveries. Anywhere else, it may have not been possible. We headed out to three places of worship, a Hindu Temple, a Sikh Gurdwara, and a Jewish Synagogue.
There we were told about the various religions and their beliefs, and their lifestyles. We had began our day boarding buses separated by last name. Then we went on to south burnaby, to visit a Hindu Temple. Did you know that the swastika is a symbol for peace and wellbeing, in various religions including hinduism. In Hinduism they believe in 3 main gods; Brahma, the creator; Vishnu, the protector; and Shiva, the destroyer. They believed in reincarnation, and the idea of karma, being that what you do in your current life determines what happens in your next life.
The next stop was the Sikh Gurdwara, where we stopped for lunch. We were served with punjabi food, which was very kind of them to serve to us. In sikhism, they believe in one god, whose power resides in everyone. The most interesting thing about this religion, would probably be how they treated their holy books. They treat it as a living person, putting it on a bed for the night and covering it when no one was reading it. They along with hinduism believed in karma and reincarnation, and how there was a cycle of life forms, with humans at the top with the ability to meditate.
The last and final place we visited was a Jewish Synagogue, it was probably the most casual of the three places, with chairs to sit on. The Jewish have a Torah, which holds their 623 commandments that they need to follow. What I found the most unique about Judaism is how much eating restrictions they have. As well as how the beginning of the day for them is at night.
In conclusion, this trip has been a very insightful learning experience. As well with providing a chance to explore various cultures and being able to see in first person their temples and how they worship their gods.