Whenever I look at my camera sitting alone on my table, an urge to pick it up and get outside to a new place overcomes me often. And then something incredible happens. I end up exploring a new place; a new perspective. On our way to the Big Basin Redwood State Park in California, we visited a Buddhist temple, the Taungpulu Kaba- Aye Monastery – a hidden gem. It is situated amidst redwood trees. This place is a stark contrast to the otherwise high paced silicon valley of California.
The road to Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Monastery
The road to Taungpulu Kaba- Aye Monastery is beautiful. Trees stand tall on both sides and the sun plays hide and seek through the green canopy above. Mind meanders through the winding road.
We put off the AC in our car. We opened the window and let the fresh air caress us. After a while, we stopped our car and stepped out.
I was so happy to see beautiful spring flowers all around. It really takes less to be happy. Nature fulfills us; soothes us every time, everywhere.
Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Monastery
After driving for a few more minutes, when I reached here I was completely absorbed, quite empty and was taking in everything. A bright white Buddhist temple amidst serene green trees looked vibrant.
On my 4th blog anniversary just published a latest blog post " Taungpulu Kaba-Aye Monastery – a Buddhist temple in California" . Read it at the link in my bio or on travelrealizations.com . . An excerpt: "To become the thinker of our thoughts, feeler of our feelings and knower of our knowledge, peace is paramount. I always yearn for places that can give me priceless peace. Taungpulu Kaba- Aye Monastery is one such place." . . #travelrealizations #california
The adjective that comes to my mind for this picture is “Peaceful”
To become the thinker of our thoughts, feeler of our feelings and knower of our knowledge, peace is paramount. I always yearn for places that can give me priceless peace. Taungpulu Kaba- Aye Monastery is one such place.
My other post related to Buddha is,
While standing here I wished to live here; far away from the modern world stimuli.
When I saw the sculptures of Buddha, I whispered,
“Buddham saranam gacchami” – I go to the Buddha for refuge.
It was a fulfilling moment! A complete one. I closed my eyes. Then when I reopened my eyes, I realized that in every walk with nature one receives far more than one sees.