Guangxiao Temple, also known as Bright Filial Piety Temple, is among the grandest and most influential temples in China with a history dating back more than 1,700 years. It is even said that temple existed before the birth of city. Initially built during the Western Han Dynasty (207 BC – 24 AD) as a private house, Guangxiao Temple, situated at the north end of Guangxiao Road, was used as a lecture hall before being dedicated completely to the function of a Zen Buddhist Temple during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279). The many noted monks and sutra-translators who have resided there have contributed greatly to the spread of Buddhist culture. The pride of the temple is Hui Neng, the famous sixth master of Zen Buddhism, who had his hair cut and was initiated into monkhood there.
Photo: A hall in Guangxiao Temple © 2017 Huangdan 2060