My co-teachers and I climbed the mountain to the temple in Shangrao. It was a special day. I think it was Lotus Day after the Lotus Flower. The temple has origins back over 1000 years. Yes. 1000 years.
It is a special place where the lower temple and monks are Buddhist. And the upper temple and monks are Taoist. It is government run now days. But, people go there to pray and connect with their roots. It is a nice place to visit.
A side story here: My co-teacher and friend, Rose, prayed for happiness. She had been wanting a dog very badly. She had just told me on the walk to the mountain that she was going to wait until the Fall term to look at getting a dog. And, she wanted a dog that was already fully grown. Well, she made a prayer. And, then she sees this puppy playing around one of the monks. Apparently, the puppy was left there and the monk was not permitted to keep the puppy. Sooooooo….you can guess the rest of the story. You can see her holding her new puppy in the picture. And, he is so adorable.