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Guangren Temple

Guangren Temple is a small but full-blown Tibetan-style temple, with maroon walls, white stupas, prayer wheels, multicolored pennants flapping in the wind, and lamas in typical maroon robes with yellow undergarments.
 Guangren Temple in Xi'an

Brief Introdution of Guangren Temple
Nestled inside the northwest corner of the ancient city walls of Xi’an is the little-visited Guangren Temple (The Temple for Spreading Benevolence). It’s a small but full-blown Tibetan-style temple, with maroon walls, white stupas, prayer wheels, multicolored pennants flapping in the wind, and lamas in typical maroon robes with yellow undergarments.

The original Mountain Gate had already been destroyed before the rebuild. Carved with beams and beautiful paintings, the new gate looks magnificent.     The original Mountain Gate had already been destroyed before the rebuild. Carved with beams and beautiful paintings, the new gate looks magnificent.

History & Background
The monastery was built in 1703 when the Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) patrolled to Shaanxi, this temple was a Xanadu for the Grand Lama of the Northwest and Tibet when he passed through Shaanxi along the road to Beijing to meet with the king. It is a witness to Tibetan and Han nationality's cultural communication and national solidification, as a way station for high-level lamas traveling along the Silk Road between China’s northwest and the capital in Beijing. 

In 1983, it was cited as a National Key Buddhist Monastery in the Han nationality region by the State Council. Guangren Lame Temple was underwent extensive repairs again in 2006 and expanded to the large scale that it is at present.

Layout & Function
The main architecture in the temple, including the Mahavira Hall, the Sutras Keeping Hall and the Bodhisattva Hall among others, were brand new.

Nestled inside the northwest corner of the ancient city walls of Xi’an is the little-visited Guangren Temple (The Temple for Spreading Benevolence). Guangren_Temple_2.jpg    Nestled inside the northwest corner of the ancient city walls of Xi’an is the little-visited Guangren Temple (The Temple for Spreading Benevolence). Guangren_Temple_3.jpg

The whole temple covers an area of 2.6 acres. When you go into the temple, the main architectural features fall into place from south to north as follows: the Mountain Gate, the Devajara Hall, the Mahavira Hall, the One Thousand Buddha Halls and the Sutra Keeping Hall, while on both sides there are flanking halls, wing-rooms and cross-yards.

The original Mountain Gate had already been destroyed before the rebuild. Carved with beams and beautiful paintings, the new gate looks magnificent. As the entrance door is closed, visitors should enter the temple from the small eastern wicket. Inside the Mountain Gate, there is a Zhao Bi (a stone wall) engraved with the embossments of Buddha and the eighteen arhats. 

 As the entrance door is closed, visitors should enter the temple from the small eastern wicket. Inside the Mountain Gate, there is a Zhao Bi (a stone wall) engraved with the embossments of Buddha and the eighteen arhats.      As the entrance door is closed, visitors should enter the temple from the small eastern wicket. Inside the Mountain Gate, there is a Zhao Bi (a stone wall) engraved with the embossments of Buddha and the eighteen arhats.

Six rare trees in the temple
The 'Clothes-Hanging Cypress'

The 300-year-old 'Cuilan Cypress'

A 100-year-old 'Double-leaved Cypress' (also named Unity Tree and Harmony Tree)

Two 100-year-old redbud trees 

The 100-year-old clove tree.

Two 'sensitive trees'

Eight Treasures in the temple
'The Guangren Lama Temple Stele Erected under the Imperial Order' written by Emperor Kangxi.

The original stone sculpture of 'The Guangren Lama Temple Stele Erected under the Imperial Order'

The Ming versions of 'The Heart of Prajna Paraminta Sutra' in 6,600 volumes.

The marble lotus vat bestowed by Emperor Qianlong.

The lotus throne of the Tang Dynasty for the statue of 12-year-old Buddha Sakyamuni.

A pair of nanmu dragon lanterns awarded by the Empress Dowager Cixi.

A sandalwood throne of the Qing Dynasty in the Grand Hall.

A hand-engraved gold Manda from Nepal.

Information

Admission Fee: CNY 20
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
Time for Visit: 2 Hours

Transportation
Take bus No. 703 and get off at Guangrensi (Guangren Temple) Station. Walk towards north for around 2 minutes. Then turn west and walk along Xiwuyuan Road for around 3 minutes.

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