Lingyin Temple (靈隱寺) and the Feilai Feng (飛來峰) grottoes

In November 2017, I also visited Lingyin Temple (靈隱寺) and the Feilai Feng (飛來峰) grottoes in Hangzhou (杭州).  The Chan (Zen) Buddhist temple is one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China, and the serene environment is breathtakingly beautiful.  It was founded in 328 AD by an Indian monk known as Huili in Chinese.  The Japanese monk, Kūkai, who was the founder of the Shingon Buddhism once visited while he was studying in China.

 

Within the Feilai Feng (飛來峰) grottoes, the Feilai Feng (飛來峰) grottoes.  Numerous rock reliefs dot the surface of the peak and the inside of caves and grottoes throughout the peak.  The main cave, which is called Longhong Cave (龍泓洞) isdedicated to Guanyin – it is also known as the Cave Leading to the Sky or Guanyin Cave.  It has a crack in the ceiling – and the sliver of sunlight that can be seen from there is know as one “one thread of heaven” (一線天).

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