Ling Yin Temple, Hangzhou

2 May 2010 - 10:58pm Comments Off

Ling Yin Temple is a Buddhist temple of the Chan sect located north-west of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. The temple’s name is commonly literally translated as Temple of the Soul’s Retreat, and is one of the wealthiest Buddhist temples in China. The monastery is the largest of several temples in the Wulin Mountains, and features a large number of grottos and religious rock carvings, the most famous of which is the Feilai Feng.

Ling Yin Temple in the Wulin mountains

The monastery was founded in 328 AD during the Eastern Jin Dynasty by monk Huili, who came from India. From its inception, Lingyin was a famous monastery in the Jiangnan region. At its peak under the Kingdom of Wuyue (907-978), the temple boasted nine multi-storey buildings, 18 pavilions, 72 halls, more than 1300 dormitory rooms, inhabited by more than 3000 monks. Many of the rich Buddhist carvings in the Feilai Feng grottos and surrounding mountains also date from this era.

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The Milky Icicles Cave

A gracefully curved wall bearing the carved images of Buddhas

A close up of some carvings

The temple overlooks the river...

... and the sunsets are beautiful

Namgyalma

The three sages of Avatamsaka Sutra - Manjushri, Samantabhadra and Shakyamuni

The famous seated Buddha in Lingyin Temple

Buddha Shakyamuni in the Mahavira Hall

Laughing Buddha

Stone-carved Vajrapani

Dzambala

Bodhisattva Weituo in the Hall of the Heavenly Kings

More statues in the Feilai Feng grottoes

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