Twenty two students and our tutor (Ven. Juetao) had an inspiring trip to Tsz Shan Monastery in Tai Po area on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The monastery impressed all participants with its grand Buddhist buildings, peaceful prospect and the unity of nature and human. This exclusive trip included a guided tour in the Monastery, walking and sitting meditation. The tour began with entering the “Liberation Gate”, which liberated people from worldly troubles; passing through the Grand Buddha Hall and the Universal Hall, the group finally arrived at the 76-meter-high bronze-forged Avalokitesvara (Guan Yin) Statue. In front of the grand statue, students practiced walking meditation. “Walking with a bowl of water is not really that easy. Unless you are quite mindful and peaceful, you may not see the reflection of the Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva in water.” Said Ven. Juetao.
The volunteers working in the monastery were also very impressive. They received the group with great hospitality and generous support, which in turn inspired our students to better appreciate the nature of Buddhism and the essence of spiritual peacefulness. At the end of the trip, all students showed deep gratitude to the volunteers for their kind guidance and company.
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