Charlotte True Buddha Temple
Three levels of colorful dieties on shelves greet you inside this place of peace helmed by teacher and Living Buddha Lian-sheng, Sheng-yen Lu. Though technically a school and place of worship, all are welcome. Grab a stick of incense, light it, and concentrate on the mantra projected overhead as it burns. When your head is clear, leave your incense (and thoughts and prayers) behind in the outside censer, a sand-filled, pagoda-type structure adorned with dragons. Tip: Don’t forget socks; no shoes inside.