Lingyin Temple, established in 326A.D., is the most famous temple in Hangzhou with a long history of about 1,700 years. Situated at the west end of the West Lake, the temple is confronted with Feilai Mountain and backed by Beigao Mountain. In the section flanked by the two mountains ar massive trees, the old temple, and dramtic clouds in many shapes and sizes.
one thousand three hundred. After designating Hangzhou as the capital, Gaozong and Xiaozong often visited the temple, caring for its internal business and did calligraphy. The temple was regarded as one of the Five Zen Mountains in the south of the Yangtze River in Jading period, South Song dynasty. At Shunzhi’s time of Qing dynasty, Jude, a great Zen master, took charge of the temple.
Under his leadership in nearly eighteen years, the temple was completely rebuilt and ranked first in southern east with solemn atmosphere and grandeur of scale. In 1689, when Kangxi, an emperor in Qing dynasty, made inspection tours in Jiang’nan, he christened it“Yunlin Temple.”
In new China, Lingyin temple has undergone large-scale restoration many times. Today, at the charge of Guangquan, the abbot of the temple, it, the ancient temple, has been prospering with sublime Buddhist Philosophy and mutual harmony between the public with the aim at fully cultivating Buddhist fine traditions and striving to built a pure land in China’s southern east.
Lingyin Temple covers an area of 130 mu, the axle wire of which stands Heavenly Kings Hall, the Mahavira Hall, Yaowang Hall,
Zhizhi Hall(the court of law), Huayan Hall, The Hall of Five Hundred Arhats, Jigong Temple, Liandeng Pavilion, Huayan Pavillion, Dabei Pavillion, Abbot Building and others stand beside them, which loos wonderful and orderly. There is a Sakyamuni Buddhai joss in Heavenly Kings Hall, the blueprint of which was the statue of Tang Dynasty. It was engraved from 24 huge camphorwoods, 24.8m high. The appearance looks dignified, majestic and lively, which is seldom seen
Since the establishment of Lingyin Temple, eminent monks and scholars have flooded into it to talk about the Buddhist and Taoism, which presented a splendid cultural sight. In addition, many precious historical relics such as antique josses, instruments, Jingzhuang, stone pagodas, imperial stele, calligraphy and painting still exist in Lingyin Temple.