The Temples of Beijing

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Author: Liao Pin; Lan Peijin;
Language: English
Page: 113
Publication Date: 10/2006
ISBN: 9787119043883
Publisher: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press
The word si, which is translated as "temple" or "monastery," originally meant a government office. With heavily guarded splendid buildings, it enjoyed the status next only to the imperial palace. A place where the image of Buddha was enshrined was deemed as sacred as a si. This is how temple came into being. Tanzhe Temple was the first Buddhist temple built in the Beijing area.
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