Tag Archives: Buddhism

Japan's sacred mountain – Koyasan

Posted on August 26, 2018 by Toothpicker

 

Danjo Garan Temple complex
 
For a long time, I have been wanting to visit Mount Koya or Koyansan, a sacred mountain in the Wakayama region. It is the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism ( a Chinese-influenced esoteric sect), introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai. Located in the [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Gardens & parks, Japan and was tagged with nature, Buddhism, gardens, temples, Japan, Shingon, Koyansan, Japanese garden


A week of silence in Devon

Posted on June 15, 2014 by Toothpicker

Main: The 13th century Grade I listed West Ogwell Church; bottom right: Gaia house
 
Not long after I returned from Asia, I went to Devon for my first week-long silent meditation retreat at Gaia House, a well-known Buddhist meditation retreat centre which was a former convent. Although I have been meditating [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Britain and was tagged with meditation, nature, Buddhism, Devon, retreats, mindfulness


A very special Christmas retreat

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Toothpicker

Recently a few people have asked me this question: "Why do you continue to go to these meditation retreats?" My answer is simple: I need to get away from the city, work, stress and reconnect with nature and myself. Retreats help me to detox my body and mind, when you are cut [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Eco living, Hiking & walking, Britain, British heritage and was tagged with walks, meditation, nature, Buddhism, eco living, heritage, Devon, retreats


Pop-up at Alternatives

Posted on December 13, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left: the Eros snow globe at Piccadilly Circus; top right: the Christmas tree outside of St Jame's church; bottom left and right: interior of the church
 
One aspect I love about running a business is that you never know what will happen tomorrow. Although this applies to life in general [...]

This post was posted in London, Shopping, Buddhism & meditation, Pop ups and was tagged with London, documentaries, Buddhism, Christmas shopping, pop up shop


Summer retreat in Scotland

Posted on August 4, 2013 by Toothpicker

Top left and right: Dhanakosa; Main: Loch voil
 
What is your ideal summer holiday? Sun and beach? Doing eurorail across Europe? Or adventures in South America? After spending three months traveling and working in Asia earlier in the year, I felt the need to give myself some 'me' time and space, and to [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Eco living, Hiking & walking, Britain and was tagged with hiking, meditation, nature, Buddhism, Scotland, retreats


Kyoto temples & gardens ( Part 2)

Posted on February 14, 2013 by Toothpicker

Famous rock gardens at Ryoanji ( A World heritage site)
 
With over 1600 temples and shrines, including 17 Unesco World Heritage sites in Kyoto, it is impossible to visit them all even if you live in the city. Hence it is best to plan ahead, so on this trip, I concentrated mostly [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Gardens & parks and was tagged with Buddhism, Kyoto, gardens, temples


Kyoto temples & gardens ( Part 1)

Posted on February 14, 2013 by Toothpicker

Okochi Sanso Villa

 
Ever since my parents brought me to Japan at the age of seven, I became fascinated by this country, its culture and the people. Over the years, I continued to visit this country and I became even more intrigued. When I was younger, I was more interested in the aesthetic [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Kyoto, Gardens & parks, Read & write and was tagged with books, Buddhism, Kyoto, gardens, temples


Kyoto temple stay

Posted on February 12, 2013 by Toothpicker

Myoshinji temple complex, the head temple of Rinzai Zen Buddhism
 
A few years ago, I stayed at a Buddhist temple in South Korea and it was one of the most spiritually rewarding experiences that I could not forget. Since then, I have been wanting to stay at a Japanese zen Buddhist temple because [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Buddhism & meditation, Anything Japanese, Kyoto and was tagged with meditation, Buddhism, Kyoto, temples


Asia society Hong Kong Centre

Posted on May 29, 2012 by Toothpicker

A Buddha head sculpture by Zhang Huan on the rooftop
 
The new non-profit Asia Society Hong Kong Centre opened in February this year on a hill above several 5-star hotels and a large shopping mall in Admiralty. Located at the former Explosives Magazine Compound built by the British Army in the mid-19th century [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Buddhism & meditation, Art, Contemporary and was tagged with Hong Kong, art and design exhibitions, Buddhism, contemporary architecture


Sukhothai historical park

Posted on May 9, 2012 by Toothpicker

If I have to choose the most wonderful and sustainable airport in the world, Sukhothai airport would be on the top of my list ( see below)! It is privately owned by Bangkok airways and serves only two arrivals from Bangkok daily. Not only it is beautifully designed in traditional Thai style [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Buddhism & meditation, Sukhothai, Gardens & parks and was tagged with Buddhism, Sukhothai, cycling, temples, Thailand


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