Templo Zu Lai, Cotia

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The Zu Lai Temple is a Buddhist temple in Cotia, Brazil. It is the biggest Buddhist temple in South America with 10,000 square meters of constructed area, inside an area of approximately 150,000 square meters. It has a partnership with Fo Guang Shan, practicing the Mahāyāna branch of Buddhism. The Zu Lai Temple states as its main objective the cultural and religious dissemination of the Buddhist Tradition, whilst trying to reach to the highest number of people possible through the teachings of traditional buddhist education, culture and meditation.HistoryIn 1992, the religious Buddhist Master Hsing Yun had arrived in Brazil, by an invitation of a local Buddhist Temple in Sao Paulo, for a ceremony. An accompanying monk, Jue Cheng, decided to stay in the country and begin a new project with the objective of disseminating the Buddhist tradition in the predominantly Catholic country. It started as a relatively small temple and had grown to great proportions as time went by and local interest for Buddhism had grown.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Great walk around 40 minutes from downtown São Paulo recommend going on Saturdays Restores vegetarian with fair price R $30.00 buffet per adult the temple is beautiful and has a great Museum green area around and good souvenirs
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  • August 14, 2017
    Place that astonishes so beautiful. On Sundays (9:30) has a practice of meditation, open to the public, inspired by Tai Chi. mercam Not because it is wonderful indeed, leaves with renewed spirit.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I researched the opinions of those who have gone to the temple before deciding, reading mostly negative ratings. I confess to being somewhat apprehensive, wondering starve (some have criticised the lack of flavor of food), be scolded for breathing louder, without treated with harshness etc. Fortunately all the negative reviews were cut down one by one. The place is really beautiful. I went on a Sunday (father's day) imagining that the flow would not be that crazy, since many would be having lunch with the family. And it worked again. I used the bus provided by the temple (R $15.00 entitles the roundtrip). Expected to depart at 8:30, in the 8:33. Were two buses new and comfortable. Already inside the bus a person spends collecting the money and delivering a ticket, which will be collected on departure back. The weather was beautiful and the course, quiet. We arrived at around 9:30. Soon after landing we were loose. Each where you prefer, he wasn't even scheduled group visit. We could walk almost the whole temple. The areas not allowed are flagged. That day was going on some special ceremony in the main hall. Boxes of speakers conveyed the prayers that echoed throughout the area of the temple. Right next to the lounge there was a table with cups and an aluminum barrel full of green tea, comfortable. After drinking, just put the mug used a separate bucket for that. All the time an employee came to collect the bucket and exchange it for another (and that's because even filled the half). There are several bathrooms and water fountains, both on the ground floor as the upper. So don't waste time waiting for the queue that forms in the bathroom at the entrance of the temple (one at a time, and almost always a queue of women is infinitely greater than that of men!). If you read the rules of conduct for visitors before going to the temple, certainly will not go for any embarrassment (as I read in some reviews). There is a temple for meditation which opens the space for public visitation; We see that our noise don't bother the regulars. In the area of the temple is obvious that silence should prevail, because there are people concentrated, praying. And that wonderful silence, any pio turns a bang. To talk and be more comfortable have the area annexed to the temple, where it has a small lake with a huge fish and cute little turtles sunning, swimming, going from one shore to the other. In this area you can extend a towel and rest, always with due respect because this is not a family leisure park. But there are people who seem that fell from a parachute. I saw a mother pulling a string to the little boy playing catch, some adults poking the turtles that basked in the Sun on the edge of the Lake, making them flee to underwater, Dad kicking ball with the kids in the other that they took a NAP after lunch, teenagers concerned do selfies before the images scattered throughout the temple , a little boy up and kicking one of the ornaments of the entrance to the lunchroom, or a woman imitating the poses of the tongue in cheek images (showing the middle finger, tongue out ...). After are berated by volunteers or security and these are coarse. Anyway. The breakfast is served promptly at noon at the entrance pays the value of R $30.00, which gives the right to eat at home. Also if you can repeat as many times as you like the tea (I repeat that is delicious), soup, and dessert (on Sunday had wonderful watermelon). The menu is very varied, both of salads as hot dishes. It's tempting to fill the dish right off the bat. The spice is mild but tasty. You can eat well feel kind of gross. There are staff and volunteers restoring the rechauds all the time. All very organized and efficient. The lunchroom has many places, however. The tables are long with the chairs of the two sides. Usually the places in the middle of the table are empty because no one goes after the points are occupied. The places further away from the buffet are more peaceful. Schedule-wise, shortly after 1:00 pm the room was quieter. The hungry (like me) take more traffic. There are breads and mini breads that, it seems to me, are made in the temple itself. I bought the corean R $10.00 and a cornmeal, R $8.00. And the mini loaves, R $6.00. The carrots from what I've seen is pretty famous. Has a gorgeous color and is a delight. In fact, all are. It has a cafeteria for those who don't want to eat vegetarian lunch. Have tables inside and out, in a very nice area. The back was delayed in 1 hour. But once again the importance of reading the warnings on the site of the temple before leaving for the tour. The schedule is 4:00 pm, however, if any event or ceremony may be delayed. That's what happened. At 5:00 pm, right on time, the bus broke back. I concluded, after this lovely walk, that people don't value the recreational opportunities when you are free. People behaving as if he were at a barbecue with the family.
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  • July 3, 2017
    The place where you can disconnect from daily routine, set your mind free of stress! A soul-refreshing environment to enjoy on your own as well as with friends and family!
  • June 22, 2017
    It's a very calm place, people don't judge you there and don't ask for monetary contributions
  • March 11, 2017
    Meditation course, second class. The temple provides good support services (coffee, souvenir shop with books and Buddhist items). There are many courses (meditation, shufa, Chinese, etc), the whole complex works as a Buddhist cultural center, besides being extremely pleasant.
  • July 23, 2017
    A very beautiful place super close to SP. Worth visiting it
  • June 17, 2017
    Nice place to visit. Beautiful views and architecture.

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