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Hong Fa, Shenzhen:

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Until I can write more about these figures, you can read about them in the context of Hsi Lai Temple on my Ascent of Hsi Lai Temple pages.

Specific figures from this page treated there include:

The Happy Buddha, or Mi-le-fo

The Four Heavenly Kings

Wei Tuo

Qie Lan (Guan Gong or Guan Di)

Zu Shi (Da Mo, Bodhidharma)--no page yet!

 The Mi-le-fo and his Guardians greet you;
Qie Lan and Da-Mo in side halls

This is the third level of the temple.

The Heavenly Kings Hall is commonly the first hall encountered inside the gate of a Chinese temple.

Seated at the center of the Hall is the Happy Buddha, or Mi-le-fo.  He is surrounded by the Four Heavenly Kings within the hall.  Here also, as is often the case, the Back Door of the Hall opens to a figure of Wei Tuo, Mi-le-fo's "bodyguard."  (Because Mi-le-fo was so generous, he was often duped by con-men, putting his temple's finances in jeopardy.  Wei Tuo came to protect Mi-le-fo and the temple from losing everything!)

On the left of this hall is a small hall dedicated to Qie Lan, more familiar as Guan Gong or Guan Di, from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.  In Buddhism, he is a protector of temples.

On the right is another small hall dedicated to Zu Shi; it took me awhile to discover that this is Da Mo, or Bodhidharma, the First Patriarch of Chan (Zen) in China.

On the next (fourth) level is a hall whose use I have not determined, perhaps a dining hall for devotees, or a classroom building.  In any case, it does not seem to be a place of worship.

About the photos: All photos on this page are copyright 2005 by James Baquet


The front of the Heavenly Kings Hall
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The Mi-Le-Fo rests in the center of the Hall


Wei Tuo can be seen through the Back Door
 

The Qie Lan (Guan Di) Hall

Qie Lan (Guan Di)

The Zu Shi (Da Mo, Bodhidharma) Hall

A glimpse of Zu Shi (Da Mo, Bodhidharma)

Other pages at Hong Fa Temple, Shenzhen:

The main page

The Entry Courtyard

The Mountain Gate

The Buddha Hall and four associated halls and
The Scripture Repository and Lecture Hall

The Sleeping Buddha Hall and the Dining Hall


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