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Staying in a Buddhist Monastery

In Taiwan there is a mountain called Lion's Head, which is dotted with Buddhist and Taoist temples and monasteries, some of which offer overnight accommodations. You can take a train from Taipei to Hsinchu, and from there get a ride to the foot of the mountain. There are no roads on the mountain (in 1982 there weren't -- I can't speak for now), only steep cobblestone and dirt foot paths. The paths lead to the various temples where the nuns and monks welcome you and offer food and in some, lodging. You are expected to leave a donation. If you want to stay a few days you can help them work in the gardens. All the food is vegetarian. You can attend their prayer services if you wish. It was incredibly peaceful there and the people were very kind. I recommend it to anyone who is going to Taiwan.




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