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Bright Filial Piety Temple

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Guangxiao Temple, also known as Bright Filial Temple, is a magnificant and ancient temple, built as the mansion for Prince Zhao Jiande of the Nanyue Kingdom during the Western Han Dynasty (206BC - 24AD).

There is a saying in Guangzhou that "Guangxiao Temple comes earlier than Guangzhou". With a history of over 1,600 years, the temple is reputed as the oldest and the largest temple of Buddhism in Guangzhou. Lots of eminent monks in and abroad propagandized in the temple, including /strong>Xuanzang, the eminent monk in Tang Dynasty (618A.D- 907A.D) and Bodhidharma, the 28th patriarch of Buddhism. Huineng, the 6th patriarch of Chinese Zen Buddhism, was ordainment under the bodhi tree in the temple 1333 years ago. The majesty temple and grandeur palace make Guangxiao temple become a treasure of Chinese architecture. The cultural relics in the temple are significant in the history of Chinese Buddhism, culture, architecture in Guangdong.

Originated in India, Buddhism's spreading to China is through three ways, one of which is shipping from Guangzhou to India. The third road made use of season wind and Guangxiao Temple is located on the third way. Generally the eminent monks who passed Guangzhou would stay in Guangxiao Temple. The temple also has close relationship with Zen which is the main sect of Chinese Buddhism.Zen is a school of Mah¨¡y¨¡na Buddhism, translated from the Chinese word Ch¨¢n, which means "meditation". Zen School focuses on inherent enlightenment, sudden awakening, the wisdom of emptiness (shunyata), and meditation. Its emphasis was on realization through direct experience rather than study of sutras. At the end of Liu Song of the Southern dynasties(420-479), Bodhidharma came to Guangzhou from India and propagandized Zen in the temple. After that he went to Shaolin temple on Song Mountain and set up Zen in China from which he was honored as the "founder of Chinese Zen". Bodhidharma excavated a well to wash the earthen bowl in the temple which is still well preserved. There were other India eminent monks who translated Buddhism and propagandized here. Huineng, the 6th patriarch of Chinese Zen Buddhism, was ordainment under the bodhi tree in the temple.

With magnificent buildings, Guangxiao Temple is reputed as the top of Buddhism temples in South China. It not only occupies an important position in the history of Buddhism, but also initiates the unique feature of South China's architectures.

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