MILE DA FO TEMPLE CHINA
(MAITREYA BUDDHA TEMPLE)
Welcome to train and live with us inside the Maitreya Buddha Temple located in South of China in Yunnan Province.
The story of this Temple comes from the Tang Dynasty. Maitreya Buddha, the successor of Sakyamuni and Sutra listener, impersonate the Bag Monk or the Happy Buddha. One night, the Happy Buddha dreamed of a day in the Song Dynasty. In the dream, he was on a mountain in the South of China which was looking exactly like him sitting down. With him was the chief of a tribe which had the same name.
When he woke up, he decided to find this magical place. Travelling on the Jinping Mountain, he stopped to rest. In his sleep he saw a monk smiling and walking towards him. He noticed that the monk looked like him. When he woke up, he realised that he already found the mountain he set to find.
The Happy Buddha settled on the Jinping Mountain and started to spread the Sutras. In his memory was build this unique Temple without walls. The meaning of ‘without walls’ is that the Buddha powers are unlimited. Another characteristic of this Temple are the stairs down-up which means that ‘people always move up’.
Mile City (弥勒市) is one of the best cities in Yunnan Province called the ‘Lucky Place’. The city received from the Government the distinction of 5A touristic resort. It is forbidden to have any industry which might pollute the environment, therefore is considered the cleanest city with excellent air quality. Mile is very famous for his hot springs which have therapeutic properties. It is built around lakes and mountains which makes Mile a very distinctive and exotic place to live.
The dorm and other facilities are located on the Jinping Mountain of the Happy Buddha Temple. We offer 3 different types of accommodation:
- Hostel rooms with 4 students sharing each room with own en-suite bathroom.
- Hotel with twin rooms and en-suite bathroom. The hotel accommodation can be booked if you wish to live by yourself in the room.
- Family rooms which can be shared by parents with kids.
Each room has 24h hot water and Wi-Fi. The weather is mild in Mile therefore you will not require heating in winter or AC in summer.
No matter the type of accommodation, you will have free of charge the following: bedding, linen and towel. The use of automatic washing machines on site is free of charge. Please note that we do not offer washing powder.
Note: Please make sure you book long in advance your accommodation. Our hotel rooms are limited and they book very fast. We do not provide: toiletries, washing powder and extra towels.
THEORY CLASS & TEA CEREMONY ROOM
We offer a very tranquil environment for learning theory classes in Chinese Mandarin, Buddhism, Calligraphy (and Chinese modern writing) and tea ceremony. Although right now still work in progress for our room, we wish to make sure you have a real and full traditional Chinese Culture experience.
The school chefs are educated to cook dishes with medical properties based on the Chinese Traditional Medicine principles. We cater for your needs: vegetarians, vegans, Muslim and meat eaters. If you have specific requirements such intolerance and specific allergies, please inform us in advance.
If you wish to eat with the monks you can as well. They have a 100% vegetarian diet. However when you eat with the monks you must follow their habits of eating. This means their meals are at set timing: 7am, 11am and 5pm and they do not talk during meal time and are very grateful for their bowl of food.
The food provided follows the principles of Yin and Yang from. We do not cook using chemicals, enhancers, MSG (mono-sodium glutamate) or soy sauce. If you wish to use soy sauce we can provide separately.
Yunnan province is one of the most beautiful Province in China. The climate is mild and the water abundant. The province is the most abundant in province in plant and animal diversity. The direct border of the province with Vietnam, Laos, Burma and Tibet, makes the food if Yunnan to be the ultimate foodie region.
All our dishes follow the principles of Food Therapy and our vegetarian dishes use herbs which you can find in the recipes of the Chinese Traditional Medicine formula.
TRAINING AND UNIFORM
Students train in the Maitreya Buddha Temple. Our classes are kept in the Temple which is covering all the Jinping Mountain.
We have class early morning – Morning Chanting Ceremony which starts at 5.30 am and lasts for one hour. The attendance is optional. It can be kept on daily basis.
When is raining the training is done inside the Temple on the lake. The school has a wide range of weapons and training equipment which can be used in your free time as well. The school encourage the students to train in their free time or during the weekends.
Note: When you train in the Temple the uniform is compulsory. You are obliged to follow the school rules and regulations. You must respect the life of the monks and the Temple. The training uniform is composed of: Shaolin grey uniform, grey T-shirt and black trousers. The uniform costs 200 RMB. If you wish to buy the Kung Fu shoes, there is an additional fee of 25 – 30 RMB (depending on your foot size).