Peace and a calm surrounding is hardly a commodity these days. With all the chaos of a materialistic world, the need to get your head clear is never been so pronounced than today. But where to?
Environment certainly plays a factor in your quest for the right direction. Don’t look far, here are 10 places that have proven to be most sought-after when you talk about getting some precious, precious peace and quiet.
#10: Ocean Sky Chan Zen Monastery
Yes, this is Zen Buddhism at its finest. If you have never heard that particular type of Buddhism then all you need to do to see its results is see the workings of one of the most – if not the most – winningest coach in NBA history, Phil Jackson. No easy job managing the egos of the likes of Kobe Bryant and the passion of a Michael Jordan.
And remember the Four Tenets of Chung Tai, to elders respect; to juniors be kind; with humanity be harmonious and in all endeavors be true.
Located at: Little Baguio, Greenhills, San Juan City
#9: Benedictine Monastery of Transfiguration
Wanna feel heaven on Earth, try this Catholic monastery in Malaybalay, away from endless deadlines and the unending chaos of the city. Certainly, another reason to visit Bukidnon aside from the pineapples. If there was a perfect place to meditate and pray, this has got to be it.
Just make sure you get a ride going there as finding a “habalhabal” motorcycle can be a herculean task. Well, elementary act of walking always bring those needed sweat.
Located at: San Juan Hill, Malaybalay, Bukidnon
#8: Santo Sing Kong Buddhist Church
Like a lotus that frees itself of the powerful forces of water, this Buddhist place of retreat is right in the middle of Tondo, Manila. And the best thing is you are free to visit and pray.
Just don’t get too animated about the hundred Gods – from different religions – on display.
Located at: Morga St., Tondo, Manila
#7: Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain
This would not be called Prayer Mountain for nothing. If you long for that little peace and quiet, if you have been wanting to listen to the callings of your heart, Touch of Glory is the place you need to be.
Should be the place to be to start your breakthrough in life right in the heart of Luzon.
Located at: Antipolo City, Rizal
#6: Notre Dame de Vie Retreat House
Now, if you are planning a big corporate event to get your team to dig deep down, Notre Dame can fill your need like no other. You could be in the middle of a company crisis and you never know until things get out of control.
Don’t hesitate to give it the time and money, getting the right direction is always vital for your life and the life of your enterprise.
Located at: Susano Road, Novaliches, Quezon City
#5: Trappist Monastery
Be in the middle of the only Trappist Monastery in the whole country. And don’t worry, this place is filled with about 30 monks who are not there to trap you. Trappist is a Catholic order and its name comes from the first La Trappe Abbey in the French province of Normandy.
Certainly, two thumbs up when it comes to your little peace and quiet. For one, the monks hardly speak. Although they say they don’t have a vow of silence, they only open their mouths when necessary. While there, you could try your luck at learning the Trappist sign language.
Located at: Guimaras
#4: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and Monastery –Lipa
Heard about those miraculous petals of Lipa. The one featured in a movie with Vilma Santos if I am not mistaken. Well, this is it, where the legend meets reality.
The 1948 shower of petals and other miraculous events may have bred a long list of debates all throughout the Catholic Church, but you can’t discount the peace and quiet that you’ll find in this place. Serenity all around you.
Located at: Lipa City , Batangas
#3: The Quiet Place Farm Resort
Venture to a place where you feel nature at its most enchanting, a 25-hectare lot away from the craziness of it all. Bathe your nights with the magical smell of Ylang-ylang and sleep under the orchestra of crickets and frogs.
The sprawling hectares lined with trees will get your introspective juice up like no other.
Located at: Bago City, Negros Occidental
#2: Pink Sisters Monastery
For all the serenity that you can find in this place, there is a reason why the Pink Sisters has become the official “Kanlungan” of sorts of the first woman president of the country, the late President Cory Aquino. And this place is no exception, the Holy Spirit of Adoration Sisters commonly called the Pink Sisters due to their rose colored habit have certainly found a workable formula of keeping the trappings of city life out – and letting your inner voice emerge.
Located at: Tagaytay City
#1: MARY RIDGE ZEN RETREAT HOUSE
And the cream of the crop: Mary Ridge. Journey into the heart of your very soul and be amazed at the beautiful, beautiful Zen mini-gardens. Truly, peace and quiet have never been so much valued as this house of deeper introspection.
No, this is not a Buddhist monastery but a Catholic one to the very core with all those iconic statues and saints – run by the famous Good Shepherd community. But it sure made Zen afloat in its designs and function room. The end result: endless stream of blissfulness.
Did we mention this is overlooking the beautiful Taal Lake, that island within a lake within an island within a lake within an island. Hey, let me know if I got that one wrong.
Located at: Tagaytay City
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