While the Buddha didn’t explicitly discuss the importance of photo and video equipment and their role in his path to enlightenment, I think he’d agree that we all have our own path to that realization. Recently we published a post about our Templestay at Heungguksa, a Buddhist temple here in Yeosu. We were given insight into the daily practices of a typical monk while we stayed this weekend, from the food to the meditative practices, and came away from the experience in a much better mindset. While that post tells the story of our experience, some people don’t have time for reading words and would rather watch a video! So, here’s (a very watered-down version of) life of a Buddhist monk in South Korea.
We really loved this experience and were encouraged several times to take photos and video wherever we wanted to promote this sort of cultural experience. I was a bit apprehensive at times to record and take photos, but after doing 108 prostrations that first night, I was a bit delirious and I’m now glad to have a reminder of what all really happened afterwards. The Templestay program is a wonderful introduction into one of Korea’s most important religions and for the casual visitor offers a great place to relax in a peaceful place. We certainly thought we knew what we were in for, but were surprised time after time. We highly recommend participating in a Templestay whether you’re a resident of Korea or simply visiting this beautiful country.