or perhaps even offering to teach a skill set like first aid
and used for either observation or demonstration.
while the Chinese see them as female.
Good principals to live by.
So simple in the wording, but often harder to put into practice.
The undercover, open air dining area.
There is an inside dining hall,
but when we were there a large group as well as the staff were utilizing it
A vegetarian meal is served to visitors on a Sunday (depending on numbers).
What I thought was chicken turned out to be Tofu.
Not something I normally eat as it seems to have the consistency of an eraser.
Here, it was so delicious that I went back for more.
The meal costs R30.00 per person and is great value for money.
There is a small, but interesting museum just off the curio shop.
The current exhibition is of One-Stroke Calligraphy,
by Venerable master Hsing Yun.
This “white” Protea arrangement is simple, elegant and stunning
Part of a sculpture, called “A heaven on Earth,”
which has to be seen to be appreciated.
Carved from a single piece of ivory, this flawless sculpture
needs extensive planning and concentration
If only we could all strive to live our lives according to these practices.
Just so that you remember that you are actually in South Africa.
An interesting juxtaposition of styles.
This is the interior of the Pu Hsien Shrine
that can be found on the floor above the dining hall.
The White Elephant signifies spiritual practice through
strength, stamina, diligence and firm resolve.
It has six tusks,that represent, the hell, animal,hungry ghost,
human, angry god and heavenly realms…
the six realms of existence.
The Ten Great Vows are inscribed on a scroll
that the Bodhisattva holds in his left hand.
His right hand points towards the sky as a gesture of compassion.
His readiness to spring into action to help those in need
in reflected in the fact that his right foot is resting on a lotus
being held in the elephant’s trunk.
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