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November 09, 2011

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Marcus

Fabulous!

Lu

Terrific. Thanks for the post! I'm glad that you got to meet the people you wanted to and to do the things you'd planned to; trips to Korea don't come along that often! One question--when I was at Haeinsa, we walked the maze, and I had the impression that it was for walking meditation, not "fun." I guess someone used that word to you there, though? You obviously have more familiarity with Korean temples than I, so you would know what's the usual thing and what's frippery. :)

Ben

Barry -

Thanks for the notes and photos.

Would you settle for being a surrogate grandpa? I've been enjoying that role myself.

Is that Fina in the foreground of the temple grounds? She looks lonesome but lovely.

Genju

What a wonderful experience, meeting Joseph and his family! And these "diary" posts have been beautiful to read.

You would make a fantastic Grampa - surrogate, surrogate, surrogate, bodhi Grampa!,

Barry Briggs

Hi Lu - I used the word "fun" to describe the mazes because that's how people walking in them seemed to treat their experience - there was laughter and general gaiety - not exactly like my experience of walking meditation. Maybe I've been walking with the wrong crowd!!

Thanks Marcus, Ben and Genju. Maybe someday I'll be an actual grandpa (no pressure, dear daughter, no pressure!).

Chong Go Sunim

Hi Barry,
The shape of that looks like it might be Uisang's Ocean Seal Dharani.
http://www.korearoot.net/sasang/me3/image/hwaeumdo.gif

Joseph

We really enjoyed this day, as well!
EunBong ended up having a wonderful conversation with the Tea master and we'll be planning a trip soon to visit him again.

Ben - Don't worry about her looking lonesome, she's an adventurer and it's usually a struggle to keep her near! She was posing for a photo here in front of the woodblocks.

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