Jing'an Temple

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Location
31°13'24"N
121°26'43"E
Country
 China
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Description

Jing'an Temple (simplified Chinese: 静安寺; traditional Chinese: 靜安寺; pinyin: Jìng'ān Sì; Shanghainese: Zin'oe Zy; lit. 'Temple of Peace and Tranquility') is an esoteric Tangmi Buddhist temple on the West Nanjing Road in Shanghai. Jing'an District, where it is located, is named after the temple.

History

The temple was first built in 247 AD in the Wu Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period of ancient China. Originally located beside the Suzhou Creek, it was relocated to its current site in 1216 during the Song Dynasty. The current temple was rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty but, during the Cultural Revolution, the temple was razed and turned into a plastic factory. In 1983, it was returned to its original purpose and rebuilt. Over the years, the temple was expanded, with the Jing'an Pagoda being completed in 2010. In 1953, Master Chisong (释持松), a monk who had been initiated into the Shingon sect and was trained as an acharya, was appointed abbot of the temple. He re-established the temple under the Tangmi Buddhist tradition and enshrined the Mandala of the Two Realms within the temple. In contemporary times, the temple still officially practices Tangmi Buddhism. On December 19, 2009, a 15-ton silver statue of Buddha Rudra cast in pure silver was installed in Jing'an Temple. More than ten 3-ton silver statues of the Bodhisattva and the disciples were added to the Daxiongbao Hall.

Features

Three Southern-style halls, each with its own courtyard, dating from the most recent reconstruction (1880): Hall of Heavenly Kings Hall of the Three Saints Hall of Virtuous Works The Mahavira Hall ("Precious Hall of the Great Hero"), the main hall To the east of the main hall is the Guanyin Hall. In the center of the hall is a statue of the goddess made out of camphor wood. Standing on a lotus-shaped base, it is 6.2 meters tall and weighs 5 metric tons Opposite the hall is the Jade Buddha Hall, where a 3.8-meter jade Buddha sits in the center. It is the largest sitting jade Buddha statue in the country Abbot's Chambers Ming Dynasty copper bell (Hongwu Bell), weighing 3.5 tons Stone Buddhas from the Southern and Northern Dynasties period (420-589 AD) Paintings by master painters, Chu Zhishan, Zhang Daqian and Wen Zhenming Mandalas enshrined at a tantric altar on the upper floor

Transportation

The temple sits on top of the Jing'an Temple Station, a major hub of the Shanghai Metro network where Line 2 and Line 7 intersect. You can take Bus No.113, 40, 830, 824, 20, 15, 37, 21 to arrive Jing'an Temple. There are also Shuttle Express Service provided from airports to Jing'an Temple. Pudong Airport Shuttle Bus Line No. 2 run from City Terminal (beside Jing'an Temple)

Opening Time

The temple opens at 7:30AM and closes at 17:00PM daily in most times of the year .
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