Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wisdom Path ~ Hong Kong


While traveling in Hong Kong one of the highlights is visiting Wisdom Path which is located on Lantau Island in the same area as Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. Wisdom Path is at the foot of Lantau Peak - the tallest mountain in Hong Kong.

The international scholar and poet Jao Tsung-I donated his original calligraphy of the Heart Sutra to Hong Kong in June of 2002. He wanted an open air display of the work to be presented and dedicated to Hong Kong. As a result, Wisdom Path was created and completed in May of 2005.




Situated atop a steep mountain the 38 wooden columns or obelisks which are reminiscent of bamboo tiles which were used in ancient times form the number 8 which means infinity. With an aerial view the number 8 is clearly defined and seen. The heart sutra prayer is carved into each of the wooden columns. The heart sutra defined as “The Perfection of the Wisdom of the Buddha.” The prayer is a sacred treasure revered by Buddhists and Taoists alike.

It was created on the slopes of Lantau Peak so that worshippers could appreciate the inspirational venue mixing art with philosophy. Located within the same area as Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery this spot has a spiritual aura which resounds high atop the mountains.




Lantau island is the largest in Hong Kong in size though less populated than any other island. It is simply stunning and to visit Wisdom Path, the Buddha and the monastery in one day is nothing short of spellbinding.

There are stone steps to walk and immerse yourself among the spiritual setting of the carved obelisks. While I was there worshippers were kneeling at the foot of the wooden columns and praying. Being there and experiencing the peaceful and serene setting of Lantau Peak and it’s surroundings was breathtaking. I have never seen such beauty in one spot. Across from Wisdom Path is Lantau Peak which you feel as if you could just reach out and touch the pinnacle as it was so close in proximity. The sun reflected off the waters which were miles down the lush green mountain slopes. Walking through a forest setting towards Wisdom Path was a refreshing and inspiring journey.

Due to the sacredness of the area of Lantau Island, the Hong Kong government banned the use of vehicles on the island. The only vehicles allowed are buses and taxi cabs. If you live on the island you need special permission to drive a car.

If you ever have the chance to visit Hong Kong this is a must see sight along with Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. A day here will invigorate the senses and have you yearning to go back as soon as you leave.

Below is a map of the Lantau Peak area. If you have any questions or for itinerary planning, please leave a comment and I will get back to you.


11 comments:

rainfield61 said...

I have been to Tian Tan during my last trip to Hong Kong. It cannot be denied that, though small, Hong Kong is a place worth a visit. I should have missed out the 38 wooden columns, but the giant Buddha looked so peaceful.

BC Doan said...

Oh wow, you've describing a very beautiful location, very spiritual, and very peaceful.

Your photos are amazing with the hill, and the steps!

betchai said...

it indeed looks very solemn Jo, must be a very inspiring place.I have never been to Hongkong and reading your post helps me learn more about the interesting places there. Thanks for sharing. I still remember your post and poem about the Tian Tan Buddha. You are very kind hearted to donate the original calligraphy of Jao Tsung to Hongkong. It must have been so special to have it but then the memory and happiness of giving am sure stays with you forever.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

rainfield, I love the giant buddha. I didn't even mind climbing all those stairs to get there :)

Icy, thanks it was an amazing spot.

betchai, HK is gorgeous. The poet donated his calligrahy. The I at the end of his name is part of his name. Though if I did originally have it I would have donated it :) Thanks for reading.

Ratty said...

It looks like a beautiful place. Those columns are fascinating. I'm glad I get to see pictures, because I'll probably never get to go to a place like this.

Chinaren said...

Some great shots on this site!

I've been to HK, bit didn't go here. I may have to revisit!

Mountain Woman said...

Thank you for sharing the photos and the story of a most inspiring place. Although I doubt I'll ever be able to visit there, it has certainly captured my imagination. What a wonderful spot in the world.

Glynis said...

I will never get to Hong Kong, so thank you for the tour, it was very interesting.

RNSANE said...

I hope I make it back to Hong Kong again ( maybe my next trip will be with my own private poetess
tour guide! ). Hopefully, I'll be in better shape and can visit this beautiful spot.

Annie said...

Exquisite. I must google this to see an overhead view. What a wonderful experience for you.

gunnacao said...

We just visited the Wisdom Path a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, it does not give a translation of the inscriptions on the timbers. Can anyone give us the meaning of each inscription please?