Taiwan: The International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch’an, day 4

Day 4 was to be our last day in the Fo Guang Shan Monastery.  The next 3 days will be spent all around Taiwan as part of the cultural exposure aspect of the seminar.  This day’s schedule is a lot less hectic than the previous days, especially the very exhausting Day 3.

The monastery is really a nice place to roam around in, but the tight schedule of the previous 3 days meant that we were mostly confined to the lecture halls, the dining hall, and our rooms at the Cloud Dwelling Building.  Most of the day was still composed of lectures one after the other (“Humanistic Buddhism”, “Master & Disciples of Buddhism” and “Appreciation of Chinese Wisdom”) but a large chunk of the afternoon was allotted for “free” time, and so I took advantage of it and tried to go to the spots in the monastery that I haven’t been to.

I visited the Fo Guang Shan Main Shrine, and I’ve already posted the photos I took in this slideshow.  Here are some other photos of buildings licated in the monastery:

One of the pagodas overlooking the Lumbini Garden.

The Golden Buddha Building.

Wall panel of the Buddhist Museum.

Fo Guang Shan also had a museum in its premises, but unfortunately, photography was prohibited and so all I could take inside was this photo of Buddha statues in a hall of mirrors:

It however had a cafe and souvenir shop that was pleasantly air conditioned that i found myself here a number of times, especially when the heat became a bit unbearable.  (For some reason, they don’t serve cold water in Taiwan.  It always ranges from room temperature to boiling hot.)

The ice cream stall frequented at.

The elegantly designed souvenir shop.

The cafe counter.

It’s unlikely that I will ever be able to return to this place again because by the next year, I will already be overage.  It’s a bit sad that I returned to the Cloud Dwelling building at the end of the day, knowing that it’s the last time I’ll ever be able to stay there.  Fo Guang Shan is a place where one would feel very much at home.

The Cloud Dwelling Building, as seen from the fiberglass rain cover.

As for my room, after 4 days of living with 5 other guys, this is what it eventually looked like before we packed up and cleaned everything:

Partly hidden: Alex with his ukelele.

NEXT: 3-day Cultural tour of Taiwan.

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This entry is part of the Taiwan series dated July 19-27, 2012:

1. Gallery: Fo Guang Shan Main Shrine
2. Gallery: Feng Chia Night Market
3. Taiwan: The International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch’an, day 1
4. Taiwan: The International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch’an, day 2
5. Taiwan: The International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch’an, day 3
6. Taiwan: The International Youth Seminar on Life and Ch’an, day 4
7. Taiwan: Tainan & Taichung, with Lukang in between
8. Taiwan: Science and Religion
9. Gallery: The Taiwan Theater Museum
10. Taiwan: Traipsing around Yilan
11. Taiwan: Closing Program at Fo Guang University
12. Taiwan: Leaving Yilan, Arriving in Taipei
13. Taiwan: Last 24 hours in Taipei
14. Taiwan: Epilogue

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