Nanhua Buddhist Temple, Shaoguan

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Nanhua Temple is a Buddhist monastery of the Chan School, one of Five Great Schools of Buddhism where Huineng, the Sixth Patriarch of Chan 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 Hanshan Deqing 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.There are 9 Chinese swamp cypresses believed to be 400 to 500 years old in the temple.
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  • I am not a religious person but I am interested in history. As temples go, one is much the same as another, like looking at Cathedrals. However, this one is meant to be the one in which the 6th Buddha...  more »
  • A lot of people, incense is very prosperous, but it is too many people, the basic is for people to drive away. But I heard that the Buddha here is very spiritual but I am not very sure, because I have not yet presented.
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  • an absolutely fascinating experience. Fortunately I was with a friend from Shaoguan and was well versed on how to observe the appropriate customs. I would strongly advise any Western visitors to be so...  more »
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  • This is one of the most important place of zen Buddhism, beside Shaolin temple. Inside there placed body of the sixth patriarch Huineng. You can reach there by cab or bus from Shaoguan. Since now it's a tourist destination now you must pay for entrance ticket.
  • Good place for family trip. it's very quiet and beautiful. There has many Buddhist monk and they are very kind and good
  • It's a Buddhist monastery with history. And it is the most famous monastery of South China.
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