We did a short sightseeing trip with our group today that included a visit to the Six Banyan Buddhist Temple. I was sad to learn that some in our group didn't come because, as evangelical Christians, they saw a visit to a Buddhist temple as contrary to their religious beliefs. While I respect anyone's decision not to participate in another religion's ceremonies (though the Buddhist blessing of Sophie was one of the trip's highlights so far for us), I can't imagine being so closed to even learning about a religion that is very important to your child's birth culture.
OK. Off my soapbox.
The temple was very beautiful but crowded because today was the 15th day of the lunar month, which is a worship day for Buddhists. (Also, we learned it is Chinese Valentine's Day!) We got some incense to pray to the Buddha, and I prayed for a long, healthy life for Sophie, of course. But I also said some special prayers at the Kwan Yin statue for my friends Karlin and Charles, who are trying to adopt from Nepal. That international adoption program is sounding very similar to Vietnam, and I worry it may close soon.