Temples in the Region (Part 2)

Generally, the temples have a square or rectangular plan and are composed of three main parts: an assembly hall, ambulatory, and cells. The hall serve as a meeting place and a place of worship. The ambulatory is where worshipers walk in a clockwise fashion while praying. It usually surrounds cells---interior rooms filled with images of the Buddha, sacred objects and brightly-coloured frescoes of sacred images and scenes from the life of Buddha.They also decorated on the golden roofs of the buildings with the sculptures of animals and objects, such as the double deer, dharma wheels and victory banners, making the whole constructions glittering with the golden shine. The pictures are some temp

Our trip to Xi Chiong Shi Temple (西琼寺) Part 1

Last month, we went on a privilege trip to China and witness small opening ceremony of Xi Chiong Shi Temple. It is rare to see a new temple open these days. Xi Chiong Shi Temple (西琼寺) is situated on one of the most historical Buddhist land in China. It is also the meditation site of Padmasambhava also known as Guru Rinpoche (莲花生大师). This temple belongs to the Nyingma Sect (宁玛巴派,སྔ་འགྱུར་རྙིང་མ།). It is one of the oldest tradition of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism (the other three being the Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug). The Nyingma particularly believes in hidden terma (གཏེར་མ) treasures and place emphasis on Dzogchen (大圓滿, རྫོགས་ཆེན་). Terma are various forms of hidden teachings that

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