Trip to Hubei Province, China: January 4-11, 2015

Published on January 24, 2015

For more photos go to news articles on Meditation Retreat held in Hubei Province and Buddha Lights appeared at retreat in Hubei Province.

Eating noodles at midnight in Hubei Province.

Eating noodles at midnight in Hubei Province.

Dining Hall at Fine Yoga Center.

Dining Hall at Fine Yoga Center.

Watching the construction of a bamboo cottage from the balcony of the Fine Yoga Center.

Watching the construction of a bamboo cottage from the balcony of the Fine Yoga Center.

You could see the surrounding mountains from this meditation pavilion built above the center.

You could see the surrounding mountains from this meditation pavilion built above the center.

The Fine Yoga Center in Hubei Province is located in the middle of a beautiful bamboo forest.

The Fine Yoga Center in Hubei Province is located in the middle of a beautiful bamboo forest.

The bamboo forest cover the surrounding mountains shown here with a tea plantation in the foreground.

The bamboo forest cover the surrounding mountains shown here with a tea plantation in the foreground.

The bamboo covered mountains went on forever.

The bamboo covered mountains went on forever.

There was a side trip to visit the nearby villages and this tea plantation.

There was a side trip to visit the nearby villages and this tea plantation.

You could also cross the lake where the Fine Yoga Center stood on a bamboo raft. Bamboo was used for many things.

You could also cross the lake where the Fine Yoga Center stood on a bamboo raft. Bamboo was used for many things.

And the bamboo grew everywhere.

And the bamboo grew everywhere.

A lovely Pure Land Temple was being expanded in a nearby village.

A lovely Pure Land Temple was being expanded in a nearby village.

Another view of the temple.

Another view of the temple.

The temple had a beautiful antique incense burner.

The temple had a beautiful antique incense burner.

A rural village near the yoga center.

A rural village near the yoga center.

The village had narrow winding streets.

The village had narrow winding streets.

And colorful markets.

And colorful markets.

Although this pool was not available when we visited this local hot spring, the spa had a pool filled with tiny fish from Turkey who would give you a whole body massage and "...clean off the bacteria from your skin by kissing you and improve your immunity and relax your soul and body by stimulating your nerve[s]."

Although this pool was not available when we visited the local hot springs, the spa had a pool filled with tiny fish from Turkey who would give you a whole body massage and “…clean off the bacteria from your skin by kissing you and improve your immunity and relax your soul and body by stimulating your nerve[s].”

Another view from the balcony. THe Fine Yoga Center was built on the side of a mountain.

Another view from the balcony. The Fine Yoga Center was built on the side of a mountain.

Inside one of the spacious retreat center rooms.

Inside one of the spacious retreat center rooms.

Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche with two disciples from Chengdu.

Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche with two disciples from Chengdu.

Students waiting to meet with Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche outside Dharma Room.

Students waiting to meet with Zhaxi Zhuoma Rinpoche outside Dharma Room.

Four legged beings also came for blessings.

Four legged beings also came for blessings.

Happy disciples.

Happy disciples.

More happy disciples.

More happy disciples with their new red refuge booklets.

Many had inspirational stories to tell about their practice and devotion.

Many disciples had inspirational stories to tell about their practice and devotion.

And everyone had a chance to tell their story.

And everyone had a chance to tell their story.

And receive blessings.

And receive blessings.

More devout disciples.

More devout disciples.

People were very happy.

People were very happy.

Volunteers.

Volunteers hard at work.

Another hard working volunteer.

Another hard working volunteer.

And another, but there were many who volunteered and helped with the retreat.

And another, but there were many .

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the retreat, some of the staff and volunteers went to Chibi for a Chinese feast.