Monastery
 Guanghua Monastery

Located three miles south of Phoenix Mountain (also called Nan Mountain), Guanghua Monastery is a secluded, yet renowned monastery with over 1400 years of history.

 

Built in 1065, the temple’s main building has two granite columns in front that have inscriptions that shed light on not only the ancient translation of Usnisa Vijaya Dharani, Buddhist scripture from Sanskrit to Chinese, but also on the origins of the early local dialects.

 

Standing on the east side of Guanghua Monastery, the Sakya Buddhist Stupa is said to have been constructed in the 1165 during the Southern Song (1127-1272). The 35 meter high Stupa has five storeys and is distinctly different from other pagodas of Fujian province. For example, the stone staircase inside is wide enough to allow visitors to go up and down conveniently. The stupa is famed for its exquisite carvings. The first floor has doors on the east and the west sides while on the other sides, there are niches with statues of Buddha inside them. Also, on both sides of the doors and niches are sculptured images of Buddhist disciples, bodhisattvas, Arhats including Kasyapa and Ananda, Buddha's two principal disciples. From the second to the fifth floor, there are doors on four sides and niches for Buddhist statues on the others. The doors are flanked by carved images of celestial guardians while the sides of the niches have images of bodhisattvas.

 

Guanghua Monastery has a long history of printing Buddhist scriptures in China. It is also the seat of Buddhist Academy of Fujian Province. With the number of resident Sangha exceeding 200, for many years now, this Pure Land Buddhist monastery has persisted in the “Three Do Nots”: “do not sell admittance tickets, do not establish commercial sites, do not perform ritual repentance”. The Pilgrimage of Merit and Wisdom, an annual activity, has enlightened the lives of many young people helping them understand Buddhism and explore the meanings of life.

 

Guanghua Monastery is widely connected with the Buddhist society in Southeast Asia. Before 1949, more than twenty monks of Guanghua Monastery started to build monasteries in the Southeast Asian countries to spread Chinese Buddhism. Now, Guanghua Monastery has seven branches in the Malay Peninsula and Indonesia. In 1989, the Venerable Master Yuanzhuo consecrated a Guanghua Monastery branch in Singapore.   

 

Address: Guanghua Monastery, Nan Mountain, Putian City, Fujian Province, China

Zip code: 351100

Tel: 0594-2692537

Fax: 0594-268747

Route: Take bus 21 in Putian and get off at Guanghua Monastery

 

 


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