Taiwan: Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery

Abe has been obsessed with a fruit mentioned in the book he's reading, the Atemoya.  When I mentioned trying to find one to our tour guide, she informed me we already one ripening on the bus!

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Enjoyed en route from 85 Sky Tower to a nearby Buddhist Monestary.  It tastes a lot like a Cheremoya, aka a Custard Apple, and for good reason - they're related!

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Speaking of relatives, remember Hsi Lai, the temple I visited in Hacienda Heights shortly after my father's death 3 years ago?  Fo Guang Shan are the Big Mama World Headquarters...

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...and it's HUGE!

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They don't have incense to burn here, but I did say a prayer for my father with this flower, a donation, and the ringing of a bell.

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We were there in time to watch 3000 people fill this hall to eat in silence.

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We headed to another building on the grounds for lunch as well...

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...but I certainly wasn't expecting it to look like a mall - complete with a Starbucks!

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This meal at Hi-Lai Vegetarian Restaurant was probably closest to how Abe and I eat at home.

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We are vegetarian dumpling freaks.  These were perfect.

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There were several soups...

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...and dishes with fresh bamboo.

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Several with fake meat too...

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...this was "fish."

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I was especially excited for him to finally try my favorite, Zongzi.

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And we were both super stoked to see fresh Tofu Hua!

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Then we headed back on the bus for another long bus ride - but this time, with karaoke!

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For more photos, follow along on social media using the hashtags #LynninTaiwan and #ItsonTaiwan.  This trip is being sponsored by the Taiwan Tourism Board.  All opinions are on my own.

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