THE Black Eyed Peas hit number one with a song which asked, "Where is the love?" Now, a Fraser Coast cafe has offered those music megastars an answer.

Buddha's Bowl Cafe, part of the Khachodling Dakini Sanctuary on the Esplanade at Torquay, is a not-for-profit organisation that has begun serving coffee and loose leaf tea.

It's a cafe with a difference, as one learns the instant one climbs the carpeted front steps, passing the watchful gaze of the big Buddha painting, before ordering a coffee and paying not a set price but what one feels or is able to.

Income by donation is a unique approach to business, but it's one that seems to be working for cafe manager Josh Cunningham, who says those behind the concept are not the only beneficiaries.

"There was one person living on the beach and he was able to come and have a coffee for like 20 cents," Mr Cunningham said.

The cafe comes complete with inspirational quotes on the wall such as: what your mind believes becomes reality.

It also has a "resident monk" who wanders in and out imparting wisdom and life lessons with lucky customers.



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