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A Seminary Struggles Amid Commercialized Spirituality

Just below the Tian Tan Buddha sits the Po Lin Monastery, originally established by three monks in 1924. Po Lin refers to "precious lotus." The lotus is significant in both Hinduism and Buddhism, as it represents "spontaneous generation" such as in divine birth or spiritual development, according to the Buddha Dharma Education Association. My tour… Continue reading A Seminary Struggles Amid Commercialized Spirituality

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Kowloon Night Market: Where Men Do the Shopping

The city never sleeps. But I do.  So even though it was a Friday night and there was the potential to party it up with the Hong Kong folks (and by folks I mean by myself), I decided to check out the Kowloon Night Market instead and call it an early night. The market wasn't… Continue reading Kowloon Night Market: Where Men Do the Shopping

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City Upon the Sea: Hong Kong 

My Splendid Tour guide for the afternoon was a bubbly young woman named Ivy. Speaking to a group of blank faces as the bus wormed through Kowloon to the main island, she chattered on about the island's history and some of the modern construction projects being undertaken today to connect Hong Kong by higher-speed rail… Continue reading City Upon the Sea: Hong Kong