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I am not a religious person but I am interested in history. As temples go, one is much the same as another, like looking at Cathedrals. However, this one is meant to be the one in which the 6th Buddha preached, the one who took...More
an absolutely fascinating experience. Fortunately I was with a friend from Shaoguan and was well versed on how to observe the appropriate customs. I would strongly advise any Western visitors to be so prepared. A truly memorable experience.
Nanhua monastery contains a sacred whole-body relics of the Great Master of Ch’an/Zen Hui Neng (638-713), who is recognized as the sixth Chinese Patriarch of Ch’an/Zen. I found this place very spiritual, clean and beautiful. You need a whole day to visit this site as...More
The 6th lineage holder of zen tradition. Over thousand years well preserved temple with fantastic green surrounds. If you like open space mediation, go to the top at the late Zen master master Xi Yun's stupa monument place, amazing open space with total green to...More
Read the reviews here and Wikipedia to get an understanding of the importance of this temple to Zen Buddhists and what there is to see.
During the Narion Day holiday we hired a car for the day to take us the 2 hour drive from...More
Last resting place og two of the greatest Zen Masters in history. Master Xu Yun who died last century and Master Hui Neng, without whom there would be no Zen Buddhism. Master Hui Neng's autobiography, over 1,000 years old, explains how he build the monastery....More
I came on a weekday on May 3, just after the Labour Day weekend. There were some people about but no crowds. Took a cab from Shaoguan HSR station. I succumbed to one of the touts who quoted RMB60 one way, and called his friend...More