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Nanhua Buddhist Temple, Shaoguan

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Religious Site
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.
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TripAdvisor
  • The 6th lineage holder of zen tradition. Over thousand years well preserved temple with fantastic green surrounds. If you like open space mediation, go to the top at the late Zen master master Xi Yun'...  more »
  • The grounds of the Nanhua Buddist temple are very calming and kept clean and neat. A little more English on descriptions of sites would be helpful for English speaking tourists as myself.  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Good place for family trip. it's very quiet and beautiful. There has many Buddhist monk and they are very kind and good
  • This is one of the most important place of zen Buddhism, beside Shaolin temple. Inside there placed body of sixth patriarch Huineng.
  • It's a Buddhist monastery with history. And it is the most famous monastery of South China.
  • Big temple
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