Nanhua Buddhist Temple, Shaoguan
Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
Nanhua Temple is a Buddhist monastery of the Chan School, one of Five Great Schools of Buddhism where Hui Neng, the Sixth Patriarch of the Chan School of Buddhism, once lived and taught. It is located 25 km southeast of Shaoguan, China in the town of Caoxi (漕溪), within Qujiang District. The location is in the northern part of Guangdong province, within a few kilometers from Bei River, formerly an important trade route from Central China to Guangzhou.HistoryThe temple was founded during the time of the North-South Dynasties in 502 AD by an Indian monk named Zhiyao Sanzang who originally named the site Baolin Temple . It received its present name in 968 during the reign of the Song Dynasty Emperor Taizong. Ancestor Han Shan taught there and reformed the monastery in the 16th century. The site was later renovated in 1934 under the leadership of Hsu Yun whose body is housed in the central forest sanctuary. Recent changes to the site include the building of extensive monastic accommodations.The temple covers an area of more than 42.5ha. It consists of a set of magnificent Buddhist buildings, including the Hall of Heavenly Kings, the Grand Hall, Sutra Depository, Sixth Ancestor Hall, Lingzhao Pagoda and 690 Buddhist statues.Make Nanhua Buddhist Temple a centerpiece of your Shaoguan vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Shaoguan travel itinerary planner.
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Read the reviews here and Wikipedia to get an understanding of the importance of this temple to Zen Buddhists and what there is to see. During the Narion Day holiday we hired a car for the day to take... read more »
Last resting place og two of the greatest Zen Masters in history. Master Xu Yun who died last century and Master Hui Neng, without whom there would be no Zen Buddhism. Master Hui Neng's autobiography,... read more »
I came on a weekday on May 3, just after the Labour Day weekend. There were some people about but no crowds. Took a cab from Shaoguan HSR station. I succumbed to one of the touts who quoted RMB60 one ... read more »
It's a Buddhist monastery with history. And it is the most famous monastery of South China.
Angus Jen-An Chang
禪宗祖庭 清淨與寧靜 特地前來朝聖
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