Also, when I met the Zen Master--who observed our pathetic attempt to meditate for 40 minutes at 5 AM--I realized something that probably all Star Wars fans already knew: Yoda is a Zen Master! I guess I'm the last one to figure that one out.
|Our sleeping quarters, converted with blankets and feather beds.|
|A shrine to the many, many countless Buddhas.|
|The Templestay visitors. Mostly English teachers, of which|
there is a veritable industry here in Korea, as I learned,
supporting new graduates attempting to pay off loans.
|The bell we rang at dawn and evening.|
|Up the hill to the park for our early morning walk!|
|Many of the parks here have lots of excellent gym equipment. |
They are always in use, usually by older folks.
Also lots of older folks hiking in the parks.
|Our nun explaining a walking meditation.|
|These pillars contain relics of former Buddhas.|
A piece of the body is removed before cremation and preserved in these monuments.
|Breakfast! That white mush was an amazingly ambrosial potato salad|
with apple and vegetables. Delicious.