Typhoon Rain in Taiwan.

The young nun who is my guide and escort tells me that “it ALWAYS rains this week”, apparently next week it stops!

The plane from Japan to Taiwan was delayed about three hours because of an engine problem. The United pilot, attempted to pacify the passengers, gaily said “We wouldn’t want to fly in a bad plane would we”?

At Immigration in Taipei the officer seemed amazed to see a Western Buddhist Monastic, I was the first one he had seen. This has often been the case here in Asia, people are surprised to see a Western monk. I was greeted at arrivals (they were holding up a large sign with “Welcome Mugo Master”) by a novice nun and three lay people. The couple I found out trade in rosaries and there is a young woman studying Business who, I think, was on board as an interpreter. We climbed into a modern SUV all decked out with rosaries and the like and charged off into the night which soon become early morning. The humidity is high and it’s about 23c. Thankfully it had been arranged for us to stay at a hotel for the night to rest before going on to the next destination…where ever that might be. We traveled for about two hours to get to this place. I see we are in Taichung…

(For those who are interested in technical matters it is a relatively normal feature of hotel room to have a LAN connection to the Internet and that is how I am able to write this blogger on my laptop.)

The plan, as far as I can understand it, as language is difficult, is to have lunch with the Master who has arranged all of this and then go to the mountain temple after that.

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5 thoughts on “Typhoon Rain in Taiwan.”

  1. I am glad that they managed to make the bad plane a good one and that you arrived safely!! I bet you were glad to get too bed after that journey.
    For me panic sets in when I am not able to understand what is being said, I wish you all the luck in the world and hope things are not too difficult.
    Kate

  2. Hello Reverend Master Mugo.

    I was very happy to have some time today to catch up on all of your blogs. It’s so nice that you’ve managed to keep up with the writing, despite your hectic schedule. It sounds incredible some of the places you’ve visited and people you’ve met, many of whom are connected to our tradition.

    Thank you for keeping all of us involved.

  3. (8~o) Greetings Reverend Master Mugo.

    I’ve been reading & looking at your Blogger site quite fequently
    to see what you have been up to and I’ve also been printing it out
    for the other monks here to see as well.

    I’m looking forward to seeing other pictures as your pilgrimage progesses
    and I trust that there are still lots of other pictures to see when you
    visit us here in June.

    In Gassho

  4. Hi Rev Master Mugo,

    I’m enjoying following the thread of your pilgrimage as it winds through people, temples, countries and history. Thanks for taking the time to share all of this. Good luck for the rest of your wonderful travellings.

    Please give my regards to Min Ting (I think you said her name now was Rev Chewen, but I’m not sure I remember it accurately). If this gets to you in time, please tell her that the Lancaster group is still meeting and there are people there who still remember her. I recently got an email from a mutual friend, Vadim, who is Russian, who came to the Lancaster group the same time that she did. He is now a proud father in Russia. I send her my warm regards.

    In Lancaster, we’re sitting, and last night we shared a taped lecture on Evening Office. Next week we’re looking together at Sangha (I think your experience is and is becoming very wide and deep on this!). Brenda and Kate have been very helpful in facilitating reflections on the group.

    I hope you enjoy our cups of tea, Iain. You deserve tham. A wonderful contribution.

    In gassho,

    Paul

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