alan wrote:Looks so very Chinese.
Yes, the Fo Guang Shan is Taiwanese in origin.
alan wrote:Reminds me of a temple in Singapore which is always too crowded with people toting incense and doing their ritual things. Are there no ritual incense-toters in Melbourne?
Don't know about Melbourne-wide... but as for this place, the occasional person will come in, do a few quiet chants, offer some incense and then go. At any time there'll be about 0-7 people in there, either doing that or meditating. Sometimes one of the bhikshunis will come in, do some quiet singing, make some dinging sounds and then head back out. I like that actually... even if I am trying to concentrate on the breath, or something else.
"Having understood name-and-form, which is a product of prolificity,
And which is the root of all malady within and without,
He is released from bondage to the root of all maladies,
That Such-like-one is truly known as 'the one who has understood'." (Snp 3.6)
"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)