About Nan Hua Temple
This is truly a hidden gem in the middle of nowhere. About 70km north-east of Johannesburg and just a stone's throw away from OR Tambo International Airport lies the serene and breathtaking Nan Hua Temple. This unique attraction is a non-profit organisation and the largest Buddhist temple and seminary in Africa. Translated from Mandarin, the name means "Southern Flower", which refers to the location of the temple and symbolises virtue and beauty. How beautiful is that sentiment? Here, you can join in on meditation sessions, chanting, precept ceremonies, light offerings and other events.
Other than their glorious grounds and intricate architecture, the heart and soul of the temple is to bring serenity, calm, peace and happiness to those who visit. To spread the love and generosity they get from visitors, the Nan Hua Temple contributes to many annual donation projects, including winter donation schemes (collecting and donating blankets, food and clothes for the poor), hot lunches at schools (feeding schemes), computer donations, wheelchair donations and many more.
"Kindness should become the natural way of life, not the exception"
- Gautama Buddha
A Must: Their Temple Tours
The temple is spectacular, so, of course, a guided tour is an absolute must. Occuring every Sunday from 13:00, there are plenty of points of interest that you'll get to experience along the way, including the Temple Gongs, the large white Temple Lions (AKA The temple protectors), the Pu Hsien Shrine, Kuan Yin Bodhisatva, the Armillary Sphere, the Stupa and more. The cost of the tour? FREE. A vegetarian lunch is served on Sundays too, at the cost of R30 per person. This makes for a lovely day out without spending a fortune.
They Also Offer Retreats
Throughout the year Nan Hua offers retreats, during which you'll practice meditation and mindfulness techniques that can be applied to everyday life. All of your basic needs will be taken care of within a safe environment at the retreat, giving you the chance to bestow your undivided attention on finding the answers you seek and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.
Nan Hua meditation retreats allow you to let go of your day-to-day responsibilities, to rest and restore your energies and focus on your inner-development and spiritual growth. Meditation is a wonderful way to nurture your inner peace and creativity.
For dates of their upcoming retreats, click here.
Don't Miss Their Annual Cultural Events
The Nan Hua Temple hosts spectacular annual events that you don't want to miss, including:
- Chinese New Year Cultural Festival (February)
- Bathing Buddha Ceremony
- Ceremony of Light and Peace (September)
- New Year's Eve Sky Lantern Offering Ceremony.
These events aim to spread the joy, awareness and understanding of Chinese and Buddhist culture.
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