From 1 pm Saturday until 11 am Sunday, my friend and I stayed at the Beomosa Buddhist Temple in Busan. It was a pretty cool experience and a definite change from the hustle and bustle of life working in the city.
Many talks with monks, many hours sitting cross-legged on the floor, learning the rituals and then enjoying the traditional Buddhist meal for dinner and breakfast, sleeping on a quilt on the floor from 9 am to 3 am, up for service where the monks played a huge drum, and bells, and a hike to a nearby hermitage.
I hadn’t expected to find the monks to be so personable and funny. I had expected to be sore after doing 108 full bows but since we did this: one bow, then while down, string a bead, then repeat, it was actually enjoyable.
Probably the best way to get a sense of the stay is through the photos.
The freakiest thing was bumping into a classmate from my CELTA class three years ago. He’s from Michigan and had traveled to Denver to take the class, then went to Tanzania. That was a big surprise to see each other there, of all times and places.