Fo Guang Shan, Kaohsiung: How to Visit and Stay at Taiwan’s Largest Monastery

Painting of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and Fo Guang Big Buddha

Fo Guang Shan (佛光山 or Foguangshan) is one of the four large Buddhist organizations in Taiwan. The order’s headquarters, Fo Guang Shan Monastery in Kaohsiung, Southern Taiwan, is one of Taiwan’s top attractions. The enormous, sprawling Fo Guang Shan Temple complex more than doubled in size with the 2011 addition of the Fo Guang Shan …

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Meditation and Yoga for Travelers: 6 Tips to Improve your Practice

A sunset and woman on a beach doing yoga while traveling

This article was written by Lucile Hernandez Rodriguez of the nomadic yoga blog lucilehr.com.   Traveling is, without a doubt, an exciting opportunity to be in a whole new place and immerse yourself in various cultures. Although it can be fun, it can also be stressful. I’m talking about jet lag after moving between time …

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The Spiritual Art of Knife Massage in Ximen, Taipei

Chinese knife massage in Taipei, Taiwan

I’m navigating my way though Ximending, a shopping paradise for the young and trendy, to find Light Program Red House. Olivia Wu, an acquaintance of mine and also certified practitioner of knife massage (dao liao or刀療) and I Ching (yi jing or 易經) divination, has invited me to experience an ancient Chinese knife massage in …

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The 15 Best Chiang Mai Temples (Famous & Off-the-Beaten-Path!)

Best Chiang Mai Temples

Chiang Mai is one of the top destinations in a country that is one of the most visited in the world. Including domestic tourists, 10 million people visit Chiang Mai every year (pre-2020 figures, of course!) The amazing assortment of temples in Chiang Mai is one of the city’s greatest draws. Chiang Mai was once …

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13 Unmissable European Pilgrimages

A guide to the best pilgrimages in Europe

This article was written by Anna from Camino Adventures. Though the pilgrimages started as journeys of moral or spiritual significance, modern ones are not necessarily confined to the most faithful. Whether you are interested in learning about history, culture, and admiring spectacular landscapes, you want to test your physical aptitudes, or you are on your …

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Spiritual Places in the US You Can’t Miss

Hsi Lai Temple, one of the most spiritual places in the US

When it comes to places to seek religious wisdom, the United States is not typically the first one that comes to mind. Some might think of Jerusalem, with its rich religious heritage and diversity of faiths. Others may think of  India and its multitude of temples and mosques dotting its sacred landscape. Yet others may …

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Getting from Podgorica or Kotor to Ostrog Monastery (with pictures)

If you're looking to take an Ostrog Monastery tour or travel from Podgorica to Ostrog Monastery or Kotor to Ostrog Monastery, this article has all the details!

Serbian Orthodox Ostrog Monastery is one of the most captivating sights in Montenegro and visually impressive monasteries in the world. The centuries-old complex is built into sheer cliffs, with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding plains. It is one of the most unique pilgrimage sites in the world and, without a doubt, one of the …

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Visiting Global Tea Hut: Zen and the Art of Cha Dao

Global Tea Hut Taiwan

After I wrote an article introducing tea in Taiwan in 2016, I was contacted by representatives from several Taiwanese tea-related companies and organizations. One of these was Sam, one of three permanent residents at Global Tea Hut (國際茶亭)’s headquarters Tea Sage Hut (通聖亭) in Miaoli (苗栗), a small county capital in Central-Western Taiwan. At first …

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10 Jaw-Dropping Myanmar Temples

Top Myanmar temples and pagodas header

This article was written by Monique Skidmore, award-winning anthropologist, writer at Tripanthropologist, and Myanmar expert. See her full bio at the end.   There are so many beautiful and unusual temples or pagodas in Myanmar (Burma) that choosing which to visit can be quite the challenge. As one of the most devoutly Buddhist places on …

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A Day Trip to Kamakura You’ll Never Forget

How to plan a day trip to Kamakura from Tokyo

This article was written by Sarah Hodge, prolific writer and lover of spiritual & cultural sights in Japan.   A convenient one-hour trip from Central Tokyo via the JR line, Kamakura is a history and nature lover’s paradise. Doing a Kamakura day trip is not only easy but also a great way to immerse yourself …

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