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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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  • Although the temple is steeped in history, many halls seem to have renovated recently. Grounds are well maintained. Volunteers were arranging lotsa lilies around the place when i was there. The place ...  more »
  • Nice temple to visit. We were told the temple is older than the city. It is well kept and very serene. We went early in the morning so there was hardly any people.  more »
  • Beautiful temple still very active especially on the weekend. It's very nice to be able to see the Buddhist culture as ready. Very beautiful sculptures. Bewitching place!
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  • 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!!!
  • 很有历史的寺庙
  • need to pay to enter.
  • Very nicely if you go in China
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  • 這家几百年大廟每年的水陸法會為社會渡走不少水子即堕胎的‘人’,為在地獄的祖先祺福息災超渡,我個人介紹過不少人到這裏,讓僧侶幫他们渡去阿彌陀佛處。功德無量地。