Today in Hong Kong I took a solo journey to the 10,000 Buddhas Monestary. After an easy and efficient ride on the user friendly subway system I walked behind an office park and up many steps to reach the top of a green mountain where lies a monastery. There are thousands of Buddha statutes, big and small, there and every one is different. Also many Quan Yin, or Kum Yam in Cantonese. I ate at the vegetarian cafe, watched the monkeys play in the trees and lit incense offerings to the murtis.
I love this thoughtful Buddha:
And spider friend Buddha:
And so many more. Warrior Buddhas. Straight from the stupa Buddhas, fat Buddhas, ascetic Buddhas…
Quan Yin Bodhisattva:
Once I reached the top the temples and view were awe inspiring.
I watched a family of monkeys for some time as well. How many monkeys can you find in these photos? (Babies too!)
The mountain was beautiful.
I watched some temple attendants retrieve a bird’s nest from above the temple and then reconstruct it in a basket to save the baby birds.
And now after climbing many stairs today and having traditional mango coconut aloe dessert tonight, I will go to bed early with some treats that taste like home: chips, chocolate, and wine.