The Cafes

Season 2, Episode 3 - Water Drop Café, South-East Auckland


The Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in Flat Bush, south-east Auckland is an impressive sight.

Based on a design of a palace from the ancient Tang Dynasty, the Temple contains “The Water Drop Café”- a vegetarian café open to everyone, regardless of faith.

Every year, the Temple invites the whole community to take part in Buddha’s Birthday celebrations – a spectacular event involving prayers and offerings, cultural performance and dozens of Asian food stalls.

Julie creates some Asian-style dishes of her own to share at the celebrations, and gets dressed up in a silk Chinese Princess outfit to take part in the blessing ceremony.

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