I had this amazing opportunity to experience a short temple stay last weekend. We arrived at one of the temples at Jirisan Mountain in about 4 hours (it usually takes about 5 to 6, we were a bit too fast I was scared at times haha) We stayed only for a night and had to come back to Seoul on Sunday. But it was an amazing and unforgettable experience for me in so many ways. .
I, who has no interest in hiking or whatsoever, learned a bit about mountains. For example Jirisan is called the mother mountain in Korea while Seoraksan is called the father. That is because Seoraksan is a rock mountain while Jirisan is earth(?) which makes Jirisan much suitable for living on and hiking. (These two are the largest and most popular mountains on the south part of the Korean peninsula)
As a real temple experience I got the chance to sit and watch the Buddhist prayer sessions, several times during our stay and one was at 5am 😯 We also got to talk a lot to the monks at the temple. What surprised me most was that we had so many similarities between Islam and Buddhism. It was interesting as it was the first time I got the chance to learn so closely about Buddhism. .
They also talk about all this energy stuff. It is so relatable and impressive but complicated and difficult for me to talk about so I’ gonna pass but you should take the time to look for it because it’s just so interesting. .
You sleep at 9pm and wake up at 4:30, take a hike during the day and then nap, have all your meals vegetarian and natural/organic. But what was the most difficult to understand is that the monks have to cut ties with their families when they decide to be a monk. They literally take it as outsiders and talk about their families like just anyone else. I can never understand that I think. .
Anyway, it was a nice time we spent there resting both our bodies and souls. .
It’s always good to experience a different culture. It gives you a new perspective. (Türkçe’yi bir sonraki posta ekleyeceğim)
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