When I was 5 months into my 2013 Epic Journey, I had the urge to get away from everything, find a quiet place and retreat, be a hermit. At that time, I was traveling in Penang, Malaysia. I was about 1 month into my stay in Asia – already spent time in Cambodia, Thailand and Singapore.
Google came to the rescue as I typed in “meditation retreat in Penang Malaysia”. What I found was a discreet, privately owned temple – Mr. Yeoh is a very friendly, helpful retired police officer. He owns the land that the temple is built upon and is a devout Buddhist. He informed me that all are welcome to stay at Sitavana Vihara 悉达林, as long as they observe the 8 precepts and refrain from eating food after 1:00 pm. I had no idea what are the 8 precepts at the time and had to google that as well. Continue reading