Buddhist and Taoist cultures

Authors: Go Chengdu

2014-07-25

Daci Monastery in downtown Chengdu, very close to Chunxi Road, was first built during the Wei and Jin dynasties about 1,600 years ago, with its cultural height during the Tang and Song dynasties, when it gained the reputation as “the largest Buddhist congregation” in China and occupied a far greater area than its size of today. The monastery houses a large number of relics and was the place for the monkhood initiation of Xuanzang (602-664), a Buddhist monk, traveler and translator of Buddhist classics.
Daci Monastery
Daci Monastery in downtown Chengdu, very close to Chunxi Road, was first built during the Wei and Jin dynasties about 1,600 years ago, with its cultural height during the Tang and Song dynasties, when it gained the reputation as “the largest Buddhist congregation” in China and occupied a far greater area than its size of today. The monastery houses a large number of relics and was the place for the monkhood initiation of Xuanzang (602-664), a Buddhist monk, traveler and translator of Buddhist classics.
Wenshu Monastery
Now the best preserved and largest Buddhist temple in downtown Chengdu, the Wenshu (Manjusri) Monastery has a history dating back to 1,300 years ago. Aside from beautiful carvings, the most stunning features of the temple are the White Jade Budda and the Thousand Buddha Pagoda. There are vegetarian restaurants specializing mainly in tofu dishes inside the monastery.
Baoguang Monastery
Located in Xindu District, Baoguang (meaning divine light) Monastery enjoys a long history and a rich collection of relics. It is believed that it was constructed during the East Han period and has appeared in written records since the Tang dynasty. It was destroyed during the Ming dynasty in the early 16th century. It was rebuilt during the reign of the Kangxi Emperor of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).
Qingyang Taoist Temple
Located in the western part of Chengdu, Qingyang Temple (lit. Green Goat Temple) is not only the largest and oldest Taoist temple in the city, but also the largest Taoist temple in southwestern China. The only existing copy of classic Taoist scriptures, is preserved in the temple.
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