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Mengjia Longshan Temple, Taipei, Taiwan

Gift Giving - Chinese New Year

Viewed are volunteers who give what they have prepared or bought – cheerful elderly women and men, mostly retirees, wanting to be of service to others and to socialize at the same time for special occasions – like Chinese New Year seen here. Both local Monks and the needy receive these gifts and the temple leaders make the choices for distributions. Please see the WS photos for more detailed views of Gift Giving and/or Taking.

Offering food is a meritorious act that also reminds us not to be greedy or selfish. In addition, Laypeople have a responsibility to support the temple monks physically, and the monks have an obligation to support the community spiritually.

As stated in my last photo posting: When in Taipei, Taiwan I urge going to the local temples. The one viewed here is one of the oldest, from 1738 - I love going to Asian temples however this one seriously makes me feel like I’m back in time. Very active – great to see during Chinese New Year.

With Respects - David

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