A Song Dynasty Ashoka Tower

In the year of 1011 during the Northern Song, a brand new 9-storey Buddhist pagoda was complete in Nanjing, in today’s Jiangsu Province. Under the pagoda, there is a basement where this Ashoka Tower along with Shakyamuni Buddha’s bone fragments, a crystal bowl, and a number of priceless Buddhist treasures was stored after a public ceremony hosted by grand Buddhist […]

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A Brief Introduction to Chinese Buddhist Temples

A classic Chinese Buddhist temple is typically a building complex consisted of several courtyards as shown in the illustration below. Entrance The first is the entrance building, known as Mountain Gate (山门), with a square in front and three gates that represent the doors to freedom from three constraints. The three constraints are generated by our obsessions with a temporary […]

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