A Small Buddha Statue Situated On A California Street Corner Has Brought Neighbors Together And Kept The Area Free Of Vandalism, Crime, And Litter

The care and maintenance of the Buddha statue can be credited to Vina Vo, a Vietnamese immigrant. She grew up in a village called Quang Ngai, where she would pray at the temple every morning with her family.

However, her home was destroyed during the Vietnam War. She fled the country in 1982 and eventually made her way to Oakland.

In 2010, someone from the Vietnamese church that Vo attended told her about the Buddha on the corner of 11th Avenue and East 19th Street, suggesting that she could take care of it. And that’s just what Vo did. The shrine was given the name Phap Duyen Tu, which is Vietnamese for “tranquility.”

Over the years, more structures have appeared around the Buddha. A second shrine, Quan Am Tù, is located just two blocks away.

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