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Yunmen Buddhist Temple

Yunmen Buddhist Tmeple is loctaed at the foof of Cixuefeng Mountain, about 6 km away from downtown Ruyuan County, Shaoguan City, Guangdong Province.

Yunmen Buddhist Temple, built by the Buddhist Master Wenyan in 923, is formerly one of the most important seats of Chan (Zen) in China.   After the death of the great Chan Master Huineng (whom we will see again and again in the coming weeks) in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Chan began splitting into various sects until, in the Song (960-1279), it was composed of five “houses.” One of these is the Yunmen School, named for this temple and Master Yunmen Wenyan, who had lived there. This school was later absorbed into the Linji which, with the Caodong, are the only survivors of the “Five House” system. 

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After its heyday, the temple went through the usual cycle of ruin and rebuilding. It was notably rebuilt in the 1940s by the great modern Master Xuyun and again after the Cultural Revolution.

Today, it’s booming. There is a massive new gateway and a pagoda that was opened in 2012. Climbing the slope to the original compound, you can see  monks and laymen working together, winnowing rice that they had harvested from the nearby fields. The old Chan tradition of “don’t work, don’t eat” is still alive. Yunmen Mountain, which rises behind the temple, is festooned with flowers, butterflies, stupas, and a memorial hall to Master Xuyun, as well as a large stupa with some of his remains.

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Located at the foot of Ciyun Peak, Yunmen Temple, also called Yunmen Mountain Dajue Buddha Temple, is built in 923 A.D. by Wenyan Buddhist monk, the seventh generation disciple of liuzu Huineng who is the primogenitor of Yunmen sect. It is the cradle of Yunmen sect, one of the five sects of China's Buddha zens. It is also one of China's key monasteries. After its heyday, the temple went through a cycle of ruin and innovation. It was notably rebuilt in the 1940s by the great modern Master Xuyun and renovated again after the Cultural Revolution. Covering an area of 12,000 square meters, the whole building of the temple is magnificent. The temple has attracted many pilgrims. Except for the free captive animals' pool, all the 180 or so buildings of the temple are connected as an organic whole. What you can not miss is that two Buddha statues. One is standing and the other is reclining in front of statue of Shakyamuni in the Grand Hall which is made by Burmese white marble. Eighteen Arhats are inlaid on the lower part of the wall decorated by porcelain, while twenty-four Chinese Gods are inlaid on the higher part which is rarely seen even in Chinese temples. In Yunmen Temple, you can experience the profound culture of Buddhism.

Add: 6 km away from Ruyuan Yao Autonomous County, Shaoguan City,Guangdong Province

Tel: 0751-5382757

Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00

Visiting Hours: 2-3 hours

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