Lunar Fair at Fo Guang Shan Temple in Mississauaga

Happy Lunar New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Gung Hei Faat Choy! I was volunteering at Fo Guang Shan’s Lunar Fair on Saturday and it was a great success. I was also there last night for the First Incense Offering and there were TONS of people everywhere! I feel so honored to have had the…

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…

Remembering to Give Thanks

Remembering to Give Thanks Too often do I see children yelling at their parents and elders; everywhere I look I see these children take their elders for granted and not realize that they are very lucky to have them. Some young people think that the older generation are, well, OLD. They believe that they can’t…

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…

The Real Temple of Doom – Part 2

Welcome back everyone! We’ll be continuing off from the last post……..so let’s continue our journey to the real temple of doom! As I mentioned from the last post, archaeologist Christian Mesia and his team found something at the site in Peru; dozens of snuff tubes made from animal bones all over Chavín. These snuff tubes…

The Real Temple of Doom – Part 1

The ruins of the ancient civilization of Chavín have stood for over 2500 years. How did this empire endure without the use of weapons and warfare? Was it a Utopian society? Or was it a warped experiment in mind control? Through secret tunnels deep within the ruins in the Amazon jungles to hallucinogenic rituals of…

Happy Chinese New Year!

Wishing all who celebrate the Chinese New Year a wonderful beginning and prosperous year! We were at the Fo Guang Shan Temple in Toronto today and it was extremely crowded! I tried taking photos but unfortunately couldn’t due to the enormous crowds there…eh hem….pushing and shoving so to speak. Hope everyone received lots of red…