Peace And tranquility Next To A Freeway
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October 12th, 2006 – by: Chemster
You can read up more information about the temple and what goes on there - i.e. Monks doing ninjitsu training and old ladies smashing concrete blocks with their bare hands! (Disclaimer: The previous sentance may not be entirely true... ;) - by taking a look at the Wikipedia page devoted to the temple:
I hopped onto the train at 10am and by 10.20 was at the stop for the temple. Dont be fooled by the brochures and locals who tell you that it is a 5 minute walk from the train station to the temple - its more like 20 and thats only to the entrance, the place is set in extensive grounds and it takes a while to get to the complex itself although you can see the pagoda towering above the industrial estate landscape and the freeway which runs right next to the temple.
It is, however, worth the walk. The place is so peacefull and tranquil, disturbed only occasionaly by the toot of a horn or the rumble of a truck on the freeway - must make meditation a complete biatch at times I would ahve thought! - you can loose yourself for hours walking about the grounds and feeding the carp in the ponds.
The staff, comprising mainly although not exclusivley of monks and nuns, are extremely helpfull and courteous, willing to give information to those who wish it and content to let you wander about being a nosy so and so if thats what takes your fancy. However my request to have a one to one meeting with Venerable Master Hsing Yun was turned down - methinks he was too busy training the ninjas or achieveing Nibbana!
After an hour or two of wandering, taking in the Pagoda, the main shrines, (always remember to take your shoes and hats off people - or else the ninjas will descend and cut you down where you stand you infidels!) the museum and gift store I mooched on over to the dining hall for lunch. Completley vegitarian of course but despite the lack of meat the food was delicious and cheap as chips for a meal that left me with a belly like the Buddha himself! I can heartily recomend the scran there, very very nice indeed.
All in all a very nice way to spend a morning or evening and very informative and educational aswell. Thumbs up for a visit to Nan Tien from this traveller.
Over and out for now Readers. Keep you posted! ;)
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