June 4, 2015
The Laughing Budda at Dongshan Monastery, Shenzhen. Laughing Budda, Budai (布袋, lit. burlap sack), Hotei, in Japanese. Hotei, in Japanese mythology, one of the Shichi-fuku-jin (“Seven Gods of Luck”). This popular figure is depicted frequently in contemporary crafts as a cheerful, contented Buddhist monk with a large exposed belly, often accompanied by children. Tradition relates […]
June 3, 2015
Dongshan Monastery. Main Shrine Hall of Buddha 大雄寶殿 and other buildings.
June 2, 2015
Avalokiteshvara at Dongshan Monastery, Dapeng, Shenzhen. Avalokiteshvara (Guanyin), (Sanskrit: avalokita, “looking on”; ishivara, “lord”) , the lord who looks upon the world with compassion, resolves to postpone his own buddhahood until he has helped every sentient being achieve liberation from suffering and samsara.
June 1, 2015
Dongshang Monastery panorama. Buddha Birthday 2015.
May 31, 2015
Tomb of the Elder Monk of Dongshan Monastery, a pagoda standing 2.45 meters tall at the West of the Dongshan Monastery. The monk died of injury after having subdued a spider demon at the site where the pagoda is.
May 28, 2015
The Four Heavenly Kings (四大天王), each of whom watches over one direction of the world, are seen at the entrances of Dongshan Monastery. They are known in Chinese collectively as the “Fēng Tiáo Yǔ Shùn” (风调雨顺), meaning good weather. The Four Heavenly Kings are: Vaiśravaṇa 北方多闻天王, Virūḍhaka 南方增长天王, Dhṛtarāṣṭra 东方持国天王, and Virūpākṣa 西方广目天王
May 27, 2015
Buddha Birthday 2015. 25th May 2015, Monday. The Buddha birthday this year was a fine sunny day. Unlike previous year, the lavish adornment of flowers circling the baby Buddha statue was not there.