theravada_guy wrote:Greetings all,
If, by chance sometime in the future I ever get the chance to do pilgrimage to the Four Sacred Shrines or go to any temple in a Theravadin land, will I ever get looked at strangely because I'm a Westerner? I know when I was a Hindu, sometimes I would get weird looks and I know some of their temples won't let Westerners inside the premises. I don't figure this would happen in Buddhism, at least not the no-admittance thing. But I just want to be sure. Thanks.
I visited many temples in India, Hindu, Sikh and Jain as well as Buddhist and almost all, especially in the villages were very welcoming. Only on one or two occasions in big towns did I get a strange look.
Certainly in Thailand I have always been welcomed, some temples charge foreigners to visit, though if you try and explain you are a Buddhist they will waive the charge!