Zhantanlin

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Zhantanlin
旃檀林
Religion
AffiliationBuddhism
DeityChan Buddhism
LeadershipShi Huishen (释慧深)
Location
LocationMount Jiuhua, Qingyang County, Anhui
CountryChina
Zhantanlin is located in China
Zhantanlin
Shown within China
Geographic coordinates30°28′57″N 117°48′30″E / 30.482468°N 117.808394°E / 30.482468; 117.808394Coordinates: 30°28′57″N 117°48′30″E / 30.482468°N 117.808394°E / 30.482468; 117.808394
Architecture
StyleChinese architecture
Date established17th century
Completed1886 (reconstruction)

Zhantanlin (Chinese: 旃檀林; pinyin: Zhāntánlín) is a Buddhist temple located on Mount Jiuhua, in Qingyang County, Anhui, China.[1]

History[edit]

The temple was originally in the reign of Kangxi Emperor (1662–1722) in the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Most of the temple buildings were destroyed in wars during the ruling of Xianfeng Emperor (1851–1861). In 1886, it was restored and redecorated by Chan master Dingchan (定禅).[2]

During the Republic of China, abbot Fuxing (福星) enlarged the temple. A Buddhist believer named Yi Guogan (易国干) presented a plaque with the Chinese characters "福慧双修" to the temple.

In 1983, it has been designated as a National Key Buddhist Temple in Han Chinese Area by the State Council of China.

Architecture[edit]

Mahavira Hall[edit]

The Mahavira Hall is 11.5-metre (38 ft) long, 15.5-metre (51 ft) wide and 18-metre (59 ft) high. The Mahavira Hall is the main hall in the temple, enshrining the Three Saints of Hua-yan (华严三圣).

Hall of the Three Sages of the West[edit]

The Hall of the Three Sages of the West (西方三圣殿), for the worship of the Three Sages of the West, namely Guanyin, Amitabha and Mahasthamaprapta, is an important hall in the temple.

Hall of Great Compassion[edit]

The Hall of Great Compassion is 19-metre (62 ft) long, 19-metre (62 ft) wide and 19-metre (62 ft) high. 19 metre represent Guanyin's birth day (19 February), ordination day (19 June) and parinirvana day (19 September).[3]

A statue of Thousand Armed and Eyed Guanyin is enshrined in the middle of the hall with 84 statues of Buddha standing on the left and right sides.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zhang Yuhuan (2012), p. 145.
  2. ^ "Zhantanlin". jhsfojiao.com (in Chinese). 2015.
  3. ^ a b Zhang Yuhuan (2012), p. 146.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Zhang Yuhuan (2012). "Zhantanlin on Mount Jiuhua" 《福慧双修:九华山旃檀林》. 《图解中国著名佛教寺院》 [Illustration of Famous Buddhist Temples in China] (in Chinese). Beijing: Contemporary China Publishing House. ISBN 978-7-5154-0135-5.