365 Days for Travelers: Sep 30

In recent years, if we were to compare Confucianism,
Buddhism, and Taoism in their respective
representations of traditional Chinese culture, the
development of Buddhism could be said to be better.
It has gradually become one of the most important
elements for the revitalization of Chinese culture. In
the new century, Chinese Buddhism has increasingly
established cultural awareness and has proactively
ventured into the mighty torrent of creative
transformation and innovative development of
Chinese culture.

Napoleon Bonaparte once compared China to a
“sleeping lion” and served that “when she wakes
she will shake the world.” Now China the lion has
awakened, but it is a peaceful, amicable, and civilized
lion. But even more fundamental is the revival of
Chinese culture, a journey and a responsibility
shouldered by Chinese Buddhism.

TEMPLE COUPLETS V

MAIN SHRINE, FO GUANG SHAN

Coming and going between Tusita and Saha,
He is seated on the unmovable Vajra throne;
Lapis on the left and Ultimate Bliss on the right,
Together they revere the Great King of Dharma.

GREAT COMPASSION SHRINE, FO GUANG SHAN

Throughout the Saha World,
With a thousand hands and thousand eyes,
Manifesting in countless forms.

Traveling to lands of the ten directions,
With great loving-kindness and great compassion,
Delivering living beings numbering the sands of the Ganges.

GREAT WISDOM SHRINE, FO GUANG SHAN

Once a teacher of Buddha in the past,
Self-proclaimed as the Prince of Dharma;
An attendant of the Tathagata,
Others call him by the name─Manjusri.

THE NON-DUALITY GATE (INTERIOR),
FO GUANG SHAN

This gate is called “Non-Duality,”
Dualistic or Non-Dualistic, both are one’s true face.
The mountain is called “Spritiual Peak,”
Mountain or no mountain, all are but one’s pure body.