I am an artist, author and teacher from South West Brisbane. Visit my blog at leaderslovelife.blogspot.com/ I love exploring new out of the way places with my family
Published February 20th 2012
To experience a piece of the Buddhist culture in Brisbane visit the Chung Tian Temple in Underwood Road, Priestdale. This beautiful and peaceful work of art welcomes everyone from 9am to 5pm every Tuesday to Sunday.
You can learn about the history of Buddhism throughout the ages in the museum. It features a number of spectacular art works and artefacts from China, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Tibet.
Or enjoy the peace and serenity of the Meditation Hall, where for a small donation, you are able to engage in personal meditation to improve clarity of thinking or peace of mind. There are also a number of classes and retreats that are offered for those that are interested.
Maybe you would prefer to sample the delights in the Tea Room, where you can reflect on the beauty of the temple, enjoy the refreshments or just familiarise yourself with the Buddhist culture.
Another space to enjoy at the temple is the Lotus Treasury World. This is a representation of the Buddhist beliefs of peace, harmony and tranquillity.
However a highlight for me was the Temple Pagoda. A seven level structure that is designed in the traditional Chinese fashion and is a peaceful and stunning memorial for all of the teachings of Buddha.
Followed closely by the Ch'an gardens that are immaculately kept and are an adventure in themselves, filled with various statues of monks, dragons and elephants.
The one small disappointment was that photography was not allowed inside the buildings. I can understand and respect this from a spiritual perspective, but the artist in me just wanted to capture the sheer beauty of the site. You will just have to go and experience it for yourself.
I visited this temple by accident while hiking through the Daisy Hill Reserve trying to spot koalas. We read the map incorrectly, made a wrong turn on the hiking tracks and suddenly we were at a Buddhist temple.
Admittedly I prefer to hike up to Buddhist temples on the top of mountains, but this is Australia and so I will take what I can get. So why not combine a bushwalk with a visit to the temple.