I found my Zen at the Nan Tien Temple.
The Nan Tien Temple is a stunning Buddhist temple, which is located approx 1hr south of Sydney and around 15 minutes north of Wollongong.
When you’re feeling stressed and need a break from the city life, but don’t want to travel too far – it’s the perfect place to visit to unwind, relax, eat delicious food, try ancient herbal teas and forget about why you were stressed in the first place. I’ve been a few times now to visit the temple, and each time I go, I find my self re-balancing my Zen. It might have something to do with the fact that so much meditation, harmony balancing and chi centering goes on at the temple, which keep the grounds very peaceful, mindful and relaxing – but every time I go, I feel stress levels drop and my inner chakras balance. Which is probably how I found my zen at the temple. And I didn’t even have to meditate to find it. The energy bouncing through the trees, in the air and off the building, resonates nothing by peace and tranquility and I already know I will be back there again soon for another visit. Even if it’s just to eat the food there – amazing. Absolutely delicious and made with some of the freshest ingredients around.
The temple is situated on a large block of land and consists of 4 specific areas for exploration, mediation or prayer. The main Pagoda; which is where you park upon entering the temple grounds, is a tall Buddhist tiered tower. From here, you can then enjoy a nice leisurely walk through the beautifully designed Chinese gardens to the central hub of the temple, which is where you find the Large Buddhist Temple. Here you will find additional prayer and mediation rooms, which have walls lined with mini Buddha statues, all holding their own light. From here, you can try your hand at calligraphy, or continue your walk through the gardens, which eventually leads you up to the top of large hill, where a large Buddhist bell sits. An afternoon visit is highly recommended, especially when standing at the top of the hill, as it’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the southern highlands of NSW.
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