Here now and now here or nowhere

The title of this blog comes from a play on words that "now here" is also the same letters as "nowhere" just with a space added in the middle. I am always trying to get better at being in the here and now, and I've always been a bit of a joker so that is why I chose this name.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Yonghe Temple or Lama Temple

Another one of the "must see" things in Beijing is the Yonghe Temple or Lama temple. Once a former imperial palace now one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries in the world. Things sure change in a couple hundred years, no?

Getting to the temple is a blast, as when you get close you are bombarded with incense sellers. It's customary to burn a lot of incense at the Lama temple, I even read somewhere that it was required to bring incense in with you. I ended up buying some before going in and had fun burning incense before all the halls.

When you buy your ticket, a little cd was included. I haven't watched it yet but really liked the packaging.

Coming in from the gate, this is the first hall you see

A tripod outside a hall. used to ward off evil spirits.

nice deity of some sort


The Hall of Harmony and Peace is the main building of the temple. It houses three bronze statues of the Buddhas of the Three Ages, the statue of the Gautama Buddha (Buddha of the Present) is in the center, it is flanked by the statue of Kasyapa Matanga (Buddha of the Past, right) and the Maitreya Buddha(Buddha of the Future, left).

A very big yellow hat buddha

The Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happinesses contains an 26m tall statue of the Maitreya Buddha carved from a single piece of White Sandalwood. You weren't supposed to take photos of this which is why you can't see it :(

A different statue of that same deity from before. I just kind of like his feel. half cow, many arms... bad ass

view of the main temple

one of the many, many incense pits for offering and prayers.

The walkway to enter and leave the temple. very lush greenery. very pretty.

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