The Second International Conference on the I-Ching

Sun Moon Lake

...to watch the sun rise behind the mountains around Sun Moon Lake.

I had time to practice the first two sections of the handform on the quay before breakfast. And then it was off again.

Chung Tai Chan Monastery

Our first stop that day was the Chung Tai Chan Monastery. Chan is the Chinese root of Zen, but this temple is a long way from the simplicity of the Japanese interpretation. The place is huge and very grand! The next sequence of photos shows the views as I walked from the carpark, at the back of the monastery, around to the main entrance at the front...

The people at the entrance here give you the scale of the building!

Once inside, the impressive scale of the place is carried through. The entrance hall houses a magnificent golden Buddha just inside the doors...

    

...and the ceiling of the hall is supported in each of its four corners by a huge four headed guardian column. Bent, in the foreground on the right, gives you some scale!

At the back of the entrance hall, a broad flight of steps...

...leads up to a polished hall holding a wonderful carved stone Buddha, flanked on either side by large internally illuminated marbles. Again, Lotte in the foreground gives some scale.

I should note that the monastery is not generally open to the public, although it is possible to contact them a week or so in advance to arrange a visit. Thanks to the Zhou-Yi Institute for organizing this.

Next, we set off on the final leg of the tour, Taipei...