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Revisiting Fo Guang Shan Monastery with a monk tour-guide

With my mother visiting me in Tainan I had to take her to the nearby Fo Guang Shan, perhaps one of the world’s biggest monasteries, to learn more about Buddhism and how it’s been practiced in Taiwan.

This time, I asked for the tour and the monastery was kind enough to have a lady monk accompany us and explain about what we’re seeing. She was incredibly sweet to my mother, taking her hand by hand, and calmly answering even the most sensitive questions.

Revisiting Fo Guang Shan Monastery with a monk tour-guide

 

They even arranged a private golf-car to take us around the big campus.

Revisiting Fo Guang Shan Monastery with a monk tour-guide

 

We were taken inside two of the museums and the main hall where hundreds of volunteers were cleaning the thousands of Buddha statues inside.

Revisiting Fo Guang Shan Monastery with a monk tour-guide

 

Naturally, we also revisited the beautiful golden Buddha overlooking Kaohsiung County, and wished for eternal lives hitting the big gong.

Revisiting Fo Guang Shan Monastery with a monk tour-guide

Revisiting Fo Guang Shan Monastery with a monk tour-guide

 

The whole place looks especially magical during sunset.

Revisiting Fo Guang Shan Monastery with a monk tour-guide

Revisiting Fo Guang Shan Monastery with a monk tour-guide

Revisiting Fo Guang Shan Monastery with a monk tour-guide

 

It was the first time I’ve heard the story behind the monastery and the order. What appears to be like a simple monk from China with an extremely simplistic message has grown into a world-wide organization with influences in almost all possible areas (education, welfare, society, government, etc.) in only a few decades. Completely surreal and somewhat difficult to grasp.

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