A BOWL OF PICKLED VEGETABLES - The story about Fo Guang Shan Water Drop Vege Cafe
A Bowl of Pickled Vegetables
A Portion of Compassion
A Drop of Water A Portion of Gratitude
Venerable Master Hsing Yun, founder of Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order, became a monastic at the age of 12. When he was 17 years old, he became gravely ill and was unable to have any food for two months. His teacher, Venerable Master Chi Kai specially arranged for a bowl of pickled vegetables to be delivered to him. During a time of extreme commodity scarcity, this was a very rare and precious gift. With every mouthful of this gift, Venerable Master Hsing Yun was acutely appreciative of his teacher's love and concern and vowed his life to Buddhism to repay his teacher's benevolence.
A small bowl of pickled vegetables has accomplished many causes and conditions. Just like a small droplet of water, it has nurtured countless of lives. Fo Guang Shan Water Drop Vege Cafes are set up around the world to manifest Venerable Master Hsing Yun's ideal of "compensating droplets of kindness with springs of gratitude". The tranquil atmospheres evoke a sense of spiritual generosity and purity.
At Fo Guang Shan North Island Water Drop Vege Cafe, the surrounding lush bamboos & Camellias add to a sense of calmness. The cafe's rustic wooden furniture symbolises depth and a return to nature. When sunlight comes in and the windows cast long shadows, the atmosphere becomes ideal for reading a book while sampling delicious and healthy vegetarian foods.