Visit to a Buddhist Temple

I had been meaning to write about this earlier, or straight after it happened, but I never had gotten the chance to focus. The experience had been refreshing. About a month ago, I had gone up to Taipei to visit a really old friend of mine. She’s not old… (just clarifying) I’ve just known her for so long that she’s more like a Sis to me. It’s not like an elder or a younger Sis kinda relationship, just someone who I’ve shared many of my stories and adventures with from back in days of College. Anyways, this isn’t important…

I was so excited to catch up with her for so long, to the extent that I never really thought about what was on the agenda when I arrived. You know, maybe a meal or drink, here and there… walkabout… presto… catch up…  But no, nothing special like that happened. When I arrived, she really didn’t recognise me. I’ve never actually had my hair so short before, I think it really took awhile for her to adjust my image in her head. (She even had to call me first via phone to make sure if it was me…)

We had a pretty awesome time then, but she asked if I had planned anything. I said no… with that ‘yeah, I really had wanted to think of a cool idea, but nothing came up’ that kinda awkward look. She mentioned to me that her parents had wanted to go up to this Buddhist temple (I apologise, but I really can’t remember the name >.<) and asked if I would be interested. Seeing as I really had nothing up my sleeve, and also that going to visit a Buddhist temple is pretty random and unique, I said ‘yeah cool… lets go~’.

Oh yeah… on a side note, after living here for half a year, I had only realised that my family’s religion wasn’t really Buddhism but in fact, Taoism. Who knew… I grew up all my life telling people otherwise… haha… not that it mattered too much.

It was times like that, I really wished I had a camera. The place was amazing. The temple was high up in the mountains, the air was insanely fresh. They had this outdoors area that had a large pond to the entrance of the Buddhist statue. On the sides were some cabinets that were numbered from 1 to 108. My friend’s dad told me that if I made a prayer in front of the statue, a magical and spiritual number would come up. And that’s the number I should open. Intrigued, I couldn’t let an opportunity like this go amiss… So I made a prayer, and thought of the number… a few numbers came up. They were 24, 32, and 36. So what did this mean? Do I have a go at all three? Or do I focus more and narrow it down to one. Worrying about taking too many, I decided to go back to the prayer stands and to ask again, which one should I take. I concentrated really hard on the numbers, and it was 36 that felt apparently more visible than the others at the time. So Box 36 it was. I opened it and this was what it had said…

人生要在安定中求富足 , 又在鍛鍊中見其莊嚴 .
It had an English translation which read; Strive for prosperity and show grace in adversity.

I don’t think that it’s a direct translation, but the gist of the meaning was there… So basically, what it’s saying to me is that I need to do my best in all the things that I shall face… and to not lose my cool when the going gets tough. Okay, I had known that already… but somehow, the whole message just sounds much more profound and substantial when it comes out of a wooden box with a massive statue of Buddha sitting next to it.

I already know it’s going to be a long and hard road, but now I guess I’m more certain than ever. Time to rock on my serious face and wear that road down to a malleable piece of string in my hands!

Add oil people and peace~

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    • Franklin
    • April 22nd, 2012

    yea i think the Buddha statue + wooden box combo helps drive the message we already home a lot better, than just our conscious brain talkinga bout it XD

    And… the detail about ‘what’ memories and adventures you shared with your friend, IS important! *snoops*

    • Lol… totally… over-powered by the pressence…

      What memories and experiences are you snooping around for? O.o

        • Franklin
        • April 23rd, 2012

        oh just anything gossip worthy, pretty much XD

      • What Franky?!?! You come here for gossip… tsk tsk… No gossips here buddy… :p

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