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Buddhist church

Posted: Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:59 pm
by inbeijing
It's not easy being Buddhist in Beijing. Any student of the dharma in search of a temple or a sangha will likely to be confronted by throngs of tourists and counterfeit Fuwas outside the door. Still, for those willing to brave these trials, active temples exist, as well as many small temples off the tourist beat. The Lama Temple and Baita Temple are major Tibetan Buddhism sites, and Guanghua and Fayuan are Chinese Buddhist temples.

Most temples hold major ceremonies on the first and fifteenth of each lunar month. For those annoyed at "spiritual" kitsch and noisy youke, just remember, that’s dukka. Now get over it.


Lama Temple (Yonghegong) - 雍和宫
Introduction: The spectacular Lama Temple was originally the home of Qing dynasty Prince Yong before he became the Emperor Yongzheng. The temple is invariably filled with monks, worshipers and tourists. At Spring Festival, it teems with the devout praying for luck in the coming year. On the last day of the first lunar month, monks perform "Devil Dance", wearing fantastic masks in the form of huge animal heads. The incense burners are authentic cultural treasures-the one in the second courtyard dates to 1746.

Add: No.12 Yonghegong Dajie, Dongcheng District
东城区雍和宫大街12号
Tel: 6404 4499 ext.252
Hrs: 9:00am-4:30pm


White Pagoda Temple (Baita Temple) - 白塔寺
Introduction: The largest Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) monument in Beijing, rebuilt in 1457 by Ming Emperor Tianshun. The temple also houses a fascinating collection of Tibetan Buddhist sculptures and other artwork.

Add: No.171 Fuchengmennei Dajie, Xicheng District
西城区阜成门内大街171号
Tel: 6613 3317; 6617 6164
Hrs: 9:00am-4:30pm


Guang Hua Temple - 广化寺
Introduction: Constructed during the Yuan Dynasty, this active temple and Monastery is only open to the public on the 1st and 15th of each lunar month, when devout capitalists come to burn incense and pray for profits.

Add: No.31 Ya'er Hutong, Houhai, Xicheng District
西城区后海鸦儿胡同31号
Tel: 6613 3317; 6617 6164
Hrs: 8:30am-4:00pm(1st and 15th of each lunar month)


Temple of the Dharma (Fayuan Temple) - 法源寺
Introduction: Beijing's oldest Buddhist temple, Fayuan retains both an air of antiquity and the feeling of a genuine active monastery. Today the temple houses China Buddhist Institute and the China Buddhist Literature and Cultural Relics Museum. The ancient alleys immediately surrounding the temple are also worth wandering.

Add: Jiaozi Hutong, No.7 Fayuansi Qianjie, Xuanwu District
宣武区法源寺前街7号教子胡同
Tel: 6353 3966
Hrs: 8:30am-4:00pm (Mon-Tue, Thu-Sat)

Re: Buddhist church

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:20 am
by Denniss
Will explore one by one :D