this was one of my favorite details. to enter into any new area of the temple, one had to step over a barrier, maybe only six inches tall. but the sensation of having to use care and interrupt walking to enter into a new space was really profound, and appropriate. again, this would never fly in america.
at every large idol (ten-foot tall statues of buddhist deities, handcrafted and covered in gold leaf (!), which i was not allowed to photograph, sadly) the temple displayed some short description of elements of the buddhist faith. this was my favorite, especially the last paragraph.
i was also surprised to learn that buddhism is, essentially, christianity --- a man of god comes to earth, lays out the rules and saves some people, dies, and now we're waiting for him to come back. i think that says something really fundamental about the nature of human belief and hope.