A drizzly autumn afternoon in the Bronx has camouflaged Morris Avenue in monochromatic grey — except for Venerable Kandaal Pheach, a Cambodian monk clad in a vibrant orange robe.
Pheach welcomes visitors into a gated, two-story property, then leads the way inside.
“This temple is my life,” said Pheach, who immigrated to America in 2001.
The house-like building he just ducked into is a temple, a community hall, and Pheach’s home, all under one roof. It is the Khmer Buddhist Society, or Wat Jotanaram, and beneath its ordinary exterior is a diverse pocket of Southeast Asian culture.
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