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... 11:00am: meditate in the hall, or at your own place according to teachers directions (only the first day we were allowed to go back, the rest of the days was in the meditation hall)
Noon: interview with teacher (you could ask questions to the main teacher) or rest
1:00pm-2:30pm: meditate in the hall or at your own place (I stayed in my room)
2:30pm-3:30pm: group meditation in the hall
... and teaches at CMU and another university. You could tell he was definitely from the south, with his accent. We discussed cultural differences and the education and religion of Taiwan. He told us many people practice folk religion, where they believe their ancestors become gods after they die, and then they set out their favorite foods for them to "eat" and they also burn ghost money for them to spend in their afterlife. He said the majority of Taiwan people ...
... It was raining out but unlike rainy days here, it does not cool off and was still really hot and humid out. When we got to the university that afternoon the nutrition students were selling cookies as a fundraiser, so we bought some, they were not like the cookies here, but comparable to a shortbread type cookie, and were flavored green tea, mint, chocolate, and vanilla. We also thought it was funny that they were nutrition students, but selling cookies. They ...
... went on back and forth, them teaching us dances and then we would teach them dances. None of us had expected the night to turn into a dance/karaoke party, but it did pretty quick! They sang some songs also, and then our guys sang Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus and did a dance/prop show with umbrellas, singing Umbrella by Rihanna. It was a great night and we really got to know the students, they were all so nice and spoke English really well.
... temples, stores and tasted some interesting good food. We ended with a family dinner at the restaurant.
This week, we will visit Taipei and another classmate of ours.
To make it public: I will be participating in a "Silent meditation retreat" for 10 days here in Taiwan. I am really looking forward to this experience, no technology, nothing, just meditation and yoga. :)