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Ancient Green Lotus Temple in N China

04-22-2011 13:39 BJT

Photo taken on April 20, 2011 shows a sculpted figurine on
the cornice of the Green Lotus Temple, situated in Jincheng,
north China's Shanxi Province. Initially built in the 6th
century AD, the Green Lotus Temple is among the earliest
temples of the Pure Land Sect, one of the most popular Buddhist
traditions in East Asia. Inside, a statue depicts the Buddhist
founder Sakyamuni meditating on a green lotus flower, which is
the source of the temple's name. It was refurnished in the 9th
century by emperors of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), who also
built a new temple with the same name several kilometers from
the original site. The temple is now a reserve of tablet
inscriptions, statues and mural paintings.(Xinhua/Fan Minda)

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