Guangxiao Temple (Guangzhou)

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Guangxiao Temple (Chinese: 光孝寺; pinyin: Guāngxiào Sì; Wade–Giles: Kuang1-hsiao4 Szu4) on Guangxiao Road is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. It was the mansion of Prince Zhao Jiande during the Triệu dynasty of the Nam Việt Kingdom.

Other names[edit]

Other names of the temple include Kuang-hsiao Temple, Temple of Bright Filial Piety and Kwong Hau Temple.

History[edit]

The temple was initially built by an Indian monk during the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317- 420) but the present temple, occupying an area of 31,000 square meters, dates from the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). The temple has an important place in Buddhist history as Huineng of the Zen Buddhist sect was a novice monk here in the 7th century.

The Sixth Patriarch Hall in the temple was built in memory of Huineng, the sixth master of the Zen Sect of Buddhism, who is widely considered the most influential monk in the history of Chinese Buddhism. In the temple there is also a pagoda where Huineng's hair was buried: Yifa Pagoda (Chinese: 瘞發塔). Other ancient structures in the temple include Sakyamuni Hall, Samgharama Hall, the King of Heaven Hall, and two iron towers.

 
 
Mahavira Palace 
 
 
 
 
Yifa Pagoda 
Yifa Pagoda 
 
West Iron Pagoda 
West Iron Pagoda 

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Coordinates: 23°07′56″N 113°15′04″E / 23.1321°N 113.251°E / 23.1321; 113.251