I’ve lived in Hong Kong for such a long time, that there are very few places that I have not visited. For year I’ve been planning to go visit Tsz Shan Monastery to see up close and in person the magnificent White Buddha they feature there. Alas, you need to book well in advance, you need to join a tour group, and there are very limited spaces. Every time I looked into it, something came up, and the two years of the pandemic had me thinking I’ll never get to see the white Buddha.
But, to my great surprise, salvation arrived from a very unexpected direction, and I was somehow able to join a group of local HKers to go see the monastery. It was wonderful. The weather was perfect, the panoramic views of northern Hong Kong bay breath-taking, and the monetary and the Buddha was gorgeous. Was worth the wait. We wandered around for a couple of hours, saw the outdoors and the indoors museum, heard explanations about the local history and culture. It was very memorable, and felt very special. There is something magical about Buddhist temples that feeds the souls and broadens the mind, regardless of your own beliefs. Despite the pandemic and the world not doing very well during the time of my visit, this visit made me more optimistic about the future.
Here’s from my visit…