Be ye lamps unto yourself
I am always on the hunt for that special moment in a foreign country that sets my soul on fire, that awakens the quiet musings of my mind and opens my eyes. In China, I had many of these exciting travel moments, but they differed in meaning from this last special place.
On the Great Wall I felt accomplished, my muscles and strength carrying me to the top.
The Temple of Heaven & Park shared with me a surprise of the people, still utilizing the park as a modern day hang out, and the Temple exceeded my expectations. In the subway I felt a tinge of claustrophobia, on the rickshaw a sadness for those inside the boroughs.
However as we gathered outside the Lama Temple, a new energy fueled me onward, one of hope, intrigue, and mystery.
Yonghegong Tibetan Buddhist Lama Temple, the biggest lamasery in Beijing, was built in 1694.
Walking down the tree lined path to the temple gates stroked our imaginations, it was like approaching a new world. A hush settled in the air, and the distinct smell of incense draped around us like fog.
I was delighted to be present on a Sunday morning, as monks and other practitioners gathered round large barrels of fire to light long incense sticks for prayer. A feeling of reverence and peace hummed through the crowd.
We strolled quietly through, thankful for the opportunity to see how another culture celebrates its beliefs.
Find a penny, cast it up...
All day long you'll have good luck!
The temple seemed to stretch on for miles, as we found one beautiful nook, another was right around the bend.
I again thought of my family and friends in this place, gazing up and wondering where you might be and what you might be doing, hoping you know I think of you on each experience that touches my heart.
I held my bracelet Mama and Bethany gave me out to the world, thank you for pushing this adventure-seeking woman forward!