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Poolesville, Maryland: Statue of Liberty at Buddhist Temple

Outdoor display of Tibetan Stupas and Buddhas; the scaled-down Lady Liberty is at its front entrance. She receives offerings of food and water. Also here: a parrot sanctuary, as well as chickens, ducks, and pigs.

Kunzang Palyul Choling

18400 River Rd, Poolesville, MD
Kunzang Palyul Choling. Take MD-190/MD-112 to Bretton Woods in Seneca, then drive west on River Rd for three miles. You'll see the temple entrance on the left.
Dawn-dusk. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Statue of Liberty at Buddhist Temple.

Statue of Liberty at Buddhist Temple

With so many Tibetan Stupas and Buddhas on this property, having Lady Liberty at its front entrance seems incongruous. Yet she receives offerings of food, water, and drinks for the tired, poor, huddled masses. Also co-located is a parrot sanctuary as well as other domestic animals (chickens, ducks, pigs). This temple is unusual because it's located within a designated agricultural preserve, zoned to preserve farmland and rural space near the U.S. capital. Maybe having the parrots and other animals helps comply with the agricultural requirements?

[kate schwarz, 05/17/2022]

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