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Watch Your Step

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This chapter talks about a richly-toned gong of the Buddhist temple. The temple was so completely surrounded by a bamboo thicket and could not be seen properly from the road. It stood almost hidden in a plot of ground occupying about eighty thousand square yards. The interiors were pitch-black unless the dormer windows were opened. Religious meditation has been one of the most important training courses for Buddhism since it was introduced from China eight hundred years ago. The sign on a little board located at the entrance of the hall read: 'Watch Your Step'. The first stick of incense burned out, and another rich tone of the temple gong was the sign to light the second stick of incense. The leaves of the maple trees, lit up by the lamps in the garden, were tinted red and looked very pleasing in the dark.

Keywords: bamboo thicket; Buddhist temple; China; garden; maple trees; religious meditation; stick of incense



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