Ciyun Hall

发布日期:2010-05-21   字体大小:   



On the west side of Dizang Hall is Ciyun (Clouds of Lovingkindness) Hall which consists of the Stele Corridor and the hall. It was built in the 25th year of Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1686) and previously called the Ciyun Temple. Upon renovation of Shaolin Temple in the 13th year of the reign of Emperor Yongzheng (1735), it was shifted to the current location and renamed Ciyun Hall. Since there are over one hundred steles in the Ciyun Hall, they were rebuilt as a stele corridor for the sake of protection and sightseeing after the renovation from 1983 to 1984. Inside the hall is worshipped the statue of Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva.




Statue of Avalokitesvara with Thousands of Hands and Eyes

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva with Thousands of Hands and Eyes is enshrined in the Ciyun Hall. He is a Bodhisattva who embodies the compassion of all Buddhas and is one of the most widely revered bodhisattvas in mainstream Mahayana Buddhism. In China and its sphere of cultural influence, Avalokitesvara is often depicted as a female figure known as Guan Yin. According to Mahayana doctrine, Avalokitesvara is the Bodhisattva who has made a great vow to listen to the prayers of all sentient beings in times of difficulty, and to postpone his own Buddhahood until he has assisted every being on earth in achieving nirvana. It is believed that the four sides of the statue of Avalokitesvara represent health, wealth, good fortune and wisdom respectively.




The Stele Corridor 

 In the stele corridor, there are as many as 124 monumental steles and inscriptions well preserved from various dynasties since the sixth century.