Colorful photos from Buddha's birthday celebration Monday at the Five Buddhas Temple in Amsterdam.
Joshua Rosenstein of Clifton Park follows a Chinese monk during a procession at the Five Buddhas temple in Amsterdam. Joshua is a Marine reservist who views the military as the foundation of Buddhism, which he has been studying and practicing for two years.
Colorful costumes suggestive of Chinese opera highlighted one of the dance performances.
A statue of the infant Buddha was ceremonially splashed with water inside the former St. Casimir’s Church, whose stained glass windows are a reminder of its original function. It is now the Five Buddhas Temple.
A monk beat a drum to signal the beginning of a performance.
A Buddhist nun danced a Western ballet number as part of the festivities.
Members of the Buddhist group demonstrated a dance of synchronized movements.
A member of the dance troupe.
Members of the dance troupe wore stylized nails to accentuate their hand movements.