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Nan Tien Temple.
Nan Tien means paradise of the Southern Hemisphere" and the Buddhists believe that giving faith, hope and joy helps not only ourselves, but others as well.
Nan Tien means "paradise of the Southern Hemisphere" and the Buddhists who built this $30 million temple chose the location because it sits between the sea and rolling hills. They believe that giving faith, hope, joy and service helps not only ourselves, but others as well.
Visitors can drive in and walk freely around a tour with a volunteer guide costs just $1 per person.
The entrance to the main shrine houses five directional Buddhas and tucked away in the walls are 10,000 smaller Buddhas representing everyone universally. Nuns from the Fo Chang order, which originated in Taiwan, hold chanting sessions, and these are believed to offer a spiritual connection with Buddha.
The pagoda is eight storeys high and holds the ashes of departed worshippers. There is space for the remains of 7300 worshippers. Visitors are limited to the first floor. Close friends of the deceased are permitted to go to the second floor.
The Meditation Room is peaceful and beautifully designed. Around 60 people can meditate or learn to meditate at one time. The temple bells toll before chanting and meditation at 6am and 4:30pm each day.
On the last Saturday and Sunday of each month you can attend an Eastern Awareness Weekend at the temple. These weekends give an insight into how some Buddhists live their lives. A tour is included.
The Pilgrim Lodge accommodates up to 100 guests in rooms for singles, couples or families. It is spread over three levels. The lodge is separate from the main temple complex and each room has views of the temple.
Vegetarian meals are served in the public dining hall or smaller dining room and the temple's executive chef will assist with special catering needs.
Each room has a private bathroom, telephone, television and tea- and coffee-making facilities. There is a guest laundry, on-site parking and 24-hour security.