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Bright Filial Piety Temple (Guangxiao Si), Guangzhou

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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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  • This temple in JungHui Road is rather tucked away in the old part of the city. There are many shops selling Buddhist trinkets in the streets approaching the temple. Be aware that the temple doesn’t al...  more »
  • It won't take you long to visit this sight, maybe 20 minutes but it is nice for people interesting in religions. The temple has several hundred years of history and it is near other religious sights a...  more »
  • Right at the T junction with 5 minutes walk from line 1 metro. It's historical of 6th patriarch's inhume hair consecrated in stupa. Circumambulating the stupa is auspicious and merits accumulating.  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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