Category Archives: Henan

Finding Buddha in the 100,000 Statues of Longmen

From one-inch statutes to the 57 foot Vairocana Buddha in the Fengxian Temple (pictured above), Longmen’s 100,000 Buddhist statues provide a truly awe inspiring window into Buddhist art and its development through Chinese history. Beginning in 493 AD under Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern Wei Dynasty, Luoyang, the then capital of China, became home to Continue Reading »

Baima Temple, The Birthplace of Chinese Buddhism

Baima Temple is the first official government sanctioned Buddhist temple in China. Founded in 68 AD, Emperor Ming of the Eastern Han dynasty commissioned the temple after two Indian monks brought the first Buddhist scriptures to China. But first things first, is this place really worth visiting? Yes, but not as a standalone destination. Unless Continue Reading »