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Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Si), Guangzhou

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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Guangxiao Temple on Guangxiao Road is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. 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 Zhaojiande, a descendant of Zhaotuo,the king of Nanyue . During the period of the Wu Kingdom, an officer and scholar named Yufan was banished to live at the residence. After Yufan died in 233 C.E., his family donated the house as a temple, and it was called Zhizhi Temple . The temple was subsequently renamed Wangyuanchaoyan Temple, Wangyuan Temple, Qianmingfaxing Temple, Chongningwanshou Temple, and Baoenguangxiaochan Temple .In 1482 C.E., Emperor Mingxianzong renamed it Guangxiao Temple and personally recorded the new name on a stele. Since then, the temple has kept the name “Guangxiao”. Because the Yufan family donated the temple around 233 C.E., Guangxiao Temple can be said to have a history of more than 1,700 years.
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  • 这里佛教气氛很重!去的时候正好是佛七的最后一天,一大早佛教徒在大殿一起念佛,无比激动,法师还带着我们绕寺,义工也很出色,推荐大家一定要去! 
  • People seem to be historical right temple as the faith is thick and pretty crowded. I watched people praying in each, on site there are some widely.
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  • One of oldest Buddhist temples in the heart of Guangzhou city. The whole temple compound is huge, clean and well kept. Good place to walkabout and relax. 
  • 广州著名佛寺,附近跟寺庙后面都有斋菜馆
  • 六祖,风幡之争,读过《坛经》的人足以值得一来。千年古寺,在这闹市中实属难得。
  • 免费的,不错,挺有感觉的,在闹市中
  • Statues and garden beautiful. It is in a quiet green, vacation feeling. Like singing sutras (? ) Was also good to leisurely.
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  • 好磁场,去去挺好的,静心
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