In honor of my late grandfather, I created a logo that captures his influence on my life. When he was living in Thailand and Laos, he grew up in the life of Buddhism and later became a monk. After moving to America, he founded the Wat Buddha Temple in Turner, Oregon.
Every part of the logo represents him and his way of life. The lotus flower is an icon used in Buddhism, it is a symbol of purity and the opening petals represent opening yourself to enlightenment. The color red reflects his compassion and love to his religious beliefs, family, and community. Finally, the word ‘Sawaan’ translates into ‘heaven’ in Thai.
I envisioned in creating this separate sanctuary as a tribute to him. This sanctuary will allow others to meditate peacefully and learn about Buddhism.