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Monasteries and Temples of Wu Tai Shan

Listed under Sacred Spaces in East China, China.

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The center of Chinese Buddhism for two thousand years, Wu Tai Shan was originally the Taoist sacred mountain of Tzu-fu Shan and was believed to be the abode of Taoist immortals. At few other places in China can such an abundance of traditional temple architecture be found. The first known temples were built during the reign of Emperor Ming Di in the 1st century AD. Fifty-eight temples built after the 7th century Tang Dynasty still stand as well as the oldest wooden temple in all of China, the Nan Chan Si temple built in 782 AD. There are forty-eight temples of Chinese Buddhism and ten Tibetan Lamaseries. The peaks of Wu Tai and the surrounding temples are sacred to Manjushri, the Buddhist Bodhisattva of Wisdom and Virtue. Manjushri is believed to reside in the vicinity of Wu Tai Shan and numerous legends speak of apparitions of the Bodhisattva riding a blue lion high in the mountains above the monasteries.

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Written by  Martin Gray.

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