Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Hall – I have photos!!!

So the Buddha Memorial Hall is finally complete! I remember when I was there last year during construction and you can already tell that it was going to be AMAZING! It was HUGE and despite covered in dust, it was beautiful. I had the opportunity to meet Venerable Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo…

Happy Holidays!!

Hey there everyone!! Only four more days before Christmas, have you finished all your shopping yet?? Hope you all had fun pushing and shoving your way to the cashiers while maintaining your awesome poise. 😉 I, on the other hand, decided it would be in my best interest to shop online this year so, yes,…

Volunteer in Cambodia with DWC!!!

Hey everyone!! A great and upcoming opportunity to volunteer in Cambodia with a wonderful organization called “Developing World Connections” will be happening in 2011. The exact dates are still to be announced but for now, it’s going to be in April of 2011. A friend of mine will be leading the group for this project…

St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research: And I get to take part in it!

In just a few days, I will be taking part in an archaeological excavation with the St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research (S.E.C.A.R)  team in the Caribbean! Here is some background information about the excavation and what is currently happening over there! Where Are We Excavating? Archaeological investigations of Colonial Period slave sites in the…

Chinese Buddhism in the Modern World: Fo Guang Shan Temple

During my trip to Taiwan, I was invited to visit the Fo Guang Shan Temple in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and had the honor to meet many venerables and take a tour of the massive site. During the old days, when one would see a young monastic, they would normally heave a big sigh and say “What…

China’s First Emperor and his Terracotta Warriors

Little was known about Qin Shihuangdi (259 BC – 210 BC) until his astonishing army of life-sized terracotta warriors was discovered in 1974 by some farmers while building a well in Xi’an, China. Still not fully excavated, the Terracotta Army is estimated to number more than 8,000 figures, including 400 chariot horses and 300 cavalry…