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The Nung Chan Monastery

LocationKaohsiung, Taiwan
PhotographerPeilin Ni

The Nung Chan Monastery is a monastery at Beitou District, Taipei, Taiwan. It is formally founded in 1975 by Ven. Dongchu, a scholar monk and disciple of renowned Chinese Buddhist Master Taixu. It's named ' Farming Ch'an ' as its early residents dedicated themselves to Ch'an practice and grew their own food. Its spirit is based on 8th century Zen Master Baizhang Huaihai's aphorism, "A day without work is a day without food." Outside the Nongchan Temple is the full text of the Diamond Sutra. The full text of more than 5,000 words is completely displayed on the wall.