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Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Si), Guangzhou

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Guangxiao Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Guangzhou, the capital of China's Guangdong Province. As the special geographical position, Guangxiao Temple often acted as a stopover point for Asian missionary monks in the past. It also played a central role in propagating various elements of Buddhism, including precepts school, Chan (Zen), esoteric (Shingon) Buddhism, and Pure Land. Particularly, Huineng, the sixth Chinese patriarch of Chan Buddhism, made his first public Chan lecture and was tonsured in Guangxiao Temple; Esoteric Buddhist master Amoghavajra’s first teaching of esoteric Buddhism is thought to have been in Guangxiao Temple. It was also a translation center in Southern China, where Buddhist scriptures were translated by Yijing and the Shurangama-sūtra was translated by Paramitiin--these texts served to promote the establishment of Mahāyāna Buddhism as the mainstream philosophy of Chinese (even Asia-Pacific) Buddhism. With the development of globalization, Guangxiao Temple is now exerting even more positive effects on the propagation of Buddhism via international communications and Buddhist tourism.HistoryGuangxiao originated from the residence of Zhao Jiande, the king of Nanyue whose usurpation prompted Emperor Wu of the Han to invade and annex the area. During the Three Kingdoms, the Wu officer and scholar Yu Fan was banished to live at the residence. After Yu Fan died in 233, his family donated the estate, whose grounds were organized as the It was repeatedly renamed: the, the, the ''', the, and the.
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  • Different beliefs, different forms of worship is very good in terms of seeing. This is the first time I experienced something like this.
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  • Once 閑 the can't talk to finish shopping, just go to this spot, this is the place state here the famous ancient Construction, the oldest dating back to the three-country time period, there's too much history 澱 ancient Qi sinking interest rates.
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  • When I went there were crows chanting in a few of the side buildings, giving it a wonderfully atmospheric air, adding to the lovely architecture and beautiful statues. Well worth a look!  more »
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  • One of the oldest Buddhist Temples in Guangzhou. Even if many buildings, figures etc have been damaged or removed during "Revolution", renovation and new adons brought back a real temple situation and atmosphere, making it the most visited Buddhist Temple in the center of Guangzhou. - See also the many temple-related shops nearby...
  • An extensive temple complex, very busy on Sunday. It was s great experience to immerse in the atmosphere, admire the architecture, flowers artworks while hearing the worshipers rhythmic chants in the background.
  • A great temple with a long history🏯 where I played in my childhood. Tourist should pay attention to those monk who ask you for money. They could be LIARS!!!
  • need to pay to enter.
  • Guangzhou is one of the oldest traditional Buddhist temple. Very nice atmosphere, soothing.
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