Grand Mercy Monastery(Dabei Buddhist Temple)-Tianjin

Grand Mercy Monastery(Dabei Buddhist Temple),Tianjin

Photo 1:Grand Mercy Monastery(Dabei Buddhist Temple), Tianjin

       The famous Grand Mercy Monastery (Da Bei Chan Yuan) is located beside the Haihe River on Tianwei Lu, Hebei District of Tianjin. The temple belongs to the Buddhism Zen School, It is a well-preserved and largest Bafang Buddhist temple in Tianjin, and one of the biggest and best preserved Zen Temples in northern China.

Buddha Recitation Hall of Grand Mercy Monastery

Photo 2:The Buddha Recitation Hall of Grand Mercy Monastery(Dabei Buddhist Temple)

      The Grand Mercy Monastery comprises of two parts, the west  and the east courtyard.  The West Courtyard is also called the Old Temple, was built during Shunzhi Period of the Qing Dynasty,and expanded in the 8th year of Kangxi Period (1669 AD). The West Courtyard consists of the Relic Temple,Buddha Recitation Hall,and Abbot’s House.

the Heaven Palace of Grand Mercy Monastery

Photo 3:the Heaven Palace of Grand Mercy Monastery(Dabei Buddhist Temple)

The Mahavira Hall of Grand Mercy Monastery

Photo 4:The Mahavira Hall of Grand Mercy Monastery(Dabei Buddhist Temple)

The Great Compassion Hall of Grand Mercy Monastery

Photo 5:The Great Compassion Hall of Grand Mercy Monastery(Dabei Buddhist Temple)

Hongyi Memorial Hall

Photo 6:Master Hongyi Memorial Hall in Grand Mercy Monastery,

Displaying Mainly Photos and Calligraphy Works After His Renouncing the Family.

        The east courtyard is called the new temple,was built in 1940,it consists of the Heaven Palace, Mahavira Hall, Great Compassion Hall, Ksitigarbha Palace, Side Hall, Side Room, Cloister, Master Xuan Zang Memorial Hall, Master Hongyi Memorial Hall, and Lecture Hall.It is the main body of the monastery.

Buddha Sakyamuni Statue of the Ming Dynasty, Grand Mercy Monastery

Photo 7:Buddha Sakyamuni Statue of the Ming Dynasty, 

Grand Mercy Monastery(Dabei Buddhist Temple)

        There are the gold-gilded bronze Buddha Sakyamuni Statue of the Ming Dynasty,and statues of the Grand Mercy Bodhisattva,Guanyin Facing North, Maitreya, the heavenly king and Lohan in the hall of the new temple.

Thousand-armed Avalokitesvara Statue of Grand Mercy Monastery

Photo 8:Thousand-armed Avalokitesvara Statue of Grand Mercy Monastery

       The Grand Mercy Monastery is named after the worship of Grand Mercy Guanyin (also known as Thousand-armed Avalokitesvara).The original  cypress wooden statue of the Thousand-armed Avalokitesvara in the temple were destroyed during the decade of turmoil. Now the 3.6 meters high and 4 meters wide statue of Thousand-armed Avalokitesvara in the Back Hall of the Grand Mercy Monastery, solemn and charming, was elaborately designed and sculpted by Wang Jiabin and his assistants of Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts in 1984. In the process of designing and sculpting, Wang Jiabin referred to the characteristics of Guanyin Statue of the Xinglong Temple in Zhengding County, Hebei Province and the Shuanglin Temple in Pingyao County,Shanxi Province,showing the image of  Avalokiteshvara as “helping the needy and relieving the distressed”. The Facial expressions of Avalokiteshvara are kind, affectionate, solemn, and tender. The left and right arms of the statue are fanned out, each hand has a different posture, holding a variety of different instruments, like a slow motion with dynamic beauty and full of music.

Grand Mercy Monastery,Tianjin

Photo 9:Grand Mercy Monastery, Tianjin

       The vegetarian diet(Su Zhai) of the Grand Mercy Monastery has been famed far and wide, turning bean products into something magical and making delicious dishes.


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