China

BEIJING: Buddha, Beads and Baby Lions

This past weekend we decided to venture off to North/Central Beijing area to visit the Lama Temple. It is an active Buddhist temple in Beijing. Yonghe Temple 雍和宮, but as mentioned it’s also known as the “Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple”. I found out it is one of the oldest and biggest active Buddhist temples in the world!

When we first entered there is definitely a sense of calm that overcomes you. Whether you are a believer or not, I don’t think that matters. It’s a very spiritual and important place and I think there is a respect and energy that comes with that. Walking to the temple we passed many vendors outside trying to sell incense. I had no idea what it was for, but upon entering the temple we could see that each temple you could pray and pay homage to Buddha with three incense (according to the signs). The Drum Tower, the Bell Tower and many other buildings were erected in the traditional Chinese style. It was quite beautiful.

When we came into the first larger temple we saw people praying inside and outside. Bowing three times. Facing  North, East, South and West. The first temple had Buddhas of all different colors it was beautiful. No color was left behind. Black, white, red, darker skinned lighter skinned, it was beautiful!

Each temple had different Buddhas one represented the past, present and future. Another temple had buddhas representing wisdom, medicine and unity.

One of the temples had an absolute massive Buddha inside which was quite indescribable! When you walked in it was four+ stories high, you instantly feel calm and overwhelmed by its beauty.

 

We also got to see where the Dali Lama sat (the throne he sat on) while giving a lecture when he was there. It was quite unbelievable to think I was just a hand away from his chair!

The whole experience of the Lama Temple was just so beautiful and calming, and I would go back in a heart beat! I look forward to experiencing it when it gets warmer out I think the trees in full bloom will be quite gorgeous .

“The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart” – Buddha

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