Jietai Temple(Temple of the Ordination Altar) —– the Size Heads the Three Ordination Altar, Known As “the First Ordination Altar Under Heaven”

Jietai Temple(Temple of the Ordination Altar), Beijing

Figure 1:Jietai Temple(Temple of the Ordination Altar), Beijing

Jietai Temple was built in Kaihuang years of the Sui Dynasty (581-600),which has a history of more than 1,400 years. Formerly known as Hui Ju Temple, the Temple was named Wanshou Chansi by Emperor Yingzong of the Ming Dynasty, because the country’s largest Buddhist Ordination Altar was built in the temple , it was called Jietan Temple among the people, also known as Jiatai Temple. 

Gate Palace of Jietai Temple(	Temple of the Ordination Altar)

Figure 2:Gate Palace of Jietai Temple( Temple of the Ordination Altar)

Jietai Temple sits West headed east, the halls were built with with the mountain’s height, placed thoughtfully, integrate lofty and magnificent momentum of the northern temples  and the quiet and elegant atmosphere of Jiangnan gardens, with strong religious and cultural overtones.

"the first Ordination Altar under heaven" in Jietai Temple(	Temple of the Ordination Altar)

Figure 3:”the First Ordination Altar Under Heaven” in Jietai Temple

( Temple of the Ordination Altar)

The historic Jietai Temple occupied an important position in the Chinese Buddhist community, because the Ordination Altar in the temple can grant the highest precept of Buddha—Bodhisattva vow, and thus it become one of the highest institutions of Chinese Buddhism. Because Jietai Temple had “Mahayana Sanjujie Book” written personally by Emperor Daozong of the Liao Dynasty , it had been the center of Northern Buddhism Ritsu from the Liao Dynasty to the middle of the Yuan Dynasty. Since the Ming Dynasty, Granting precept in Jiantai Temple must have the emperor‘s “imperial edictum “, Jietai Temple had been directly placed under the control of the court.

Kaiyuan Temple in Quanzhou, Fujian

Figure 4:Kaiyuan Temple in Quanzhou, Fujian

Jietai Temple’s Ordination Altar and the Ordination Altars of Kaiyuan Temple in Quanzhou of Fujian and Zhaoqing Temple in Hangzhou of Zhejiang are called “the three big Ordination Altars of China”.

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