I went to a meditation class and hung out with monkeys in the Fo Guang Shan Temple Zu Lai

I love São Paulo (Brazil). I’ve been going there since I was 11, and though for the most part that means I was just hanging out with family, every now and then I got to see the beauties of the capital. The Butantan neighborhood especially has so many of my favorite things… Yet, I do understand why so many people argue against my love for São Paulo: they say there are too many buildings, too much of a city life, if there was ever such a thing. I agree that São Paulo isn’t exactly a city to go for inner peace, but I’ve still always loved it with all my being.

But, you know. I am all about that inner-peace-finding kind of place. Which is why the last time I went, this May ’19, I wanted to finally visit the town of Cotia (about 36km away from the capital) and its famous Zu Lai Temple.

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