China Meets Herself (2)– Buddhist Rites at Jing An Temple__Kong Shiu Loon

Tradition and Passage 

Could a Buddhist temple, established at the time of the Tree Kingdoms (247 AD), be standing and thriving in the center of Shanghai today?

To seek the answer one needs to pass through West Nanjing Road, the old British Concession, to see the gold pillars and tilting roof corners in the midst of a forest of the glass-front sky scrapers. The Temple Jing An 靜安, meaning serene comfort, has a name that tells its lasting and respected presence in China’s most flamboyant metropolis, nick-named, once upon a time, ‘The Paradise of Daring Explorers’.

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