Videos about Buddhism, China

Beautiful XiShuangBanNa 西双版纳, YunNan province

Home to the Buddhist Dai ethnic group, BanNa is close to the border with Myanmar, with an almost tropical climate.

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Beautiful XiShuangBanNa 西双银纳, YunNan province

Home of the Dai ethnic minority ...

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This is beautiful XiShuangBanNa 西双版纳傣族自治州, YunNan province

XiShuangBanNa located in the south of YunNan province, south China, is a charming international eco-tourism resort on the reaches of the Mekong river (known as the LanCang river in China), bordering with Laos and Myanmar, and adjacent to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Esteemed for its captivating tropical landscapes and exotic cultures of the 13 native minorities, this land is home to China's largest tropical rainforest and abundant biological resources, and the Dai Water Splashing Festival (which lasts for three days from April 13 to 15).

The Six Famous Tea Mountains region, 六大茶山 (Liù Dà Chá Shān) produce some of the most highly regarded Pu-Er tea.

There are daily flights from KunMing, DaLi and ChengDu.

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A ‘spiritual’ trip to GuiLin 桂林, GuangXi province

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Beautiful Mount EMei (EMeiShan 峨眉山) from the air

The first Buddhist temple in China was constructed here in SiChuan province in the 1st century A.D. The addition of other temples has turned Éméi Shān into one of Buddhism's holiest sites and is one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China.

All in all, there are now seventy six Buddhist temples and monasteries, most of them located near the mountain top.

The first two films focus on the most well-known - the Golden Summit and the 48 meters tall statue of Samantabhadra, known in Mandarin as PǔXián PúSà 普賢菩薩.

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EMei Shan 峨眉山, SiChuan province, in Ultra HD / 4K

Emei Shan (Emei Mountain, 3,099 m / 10,167 ft) is one of the four Chinese Buddhist sacred mountains. Emei Shan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (together with the nearby LeShan Giant Buddha) as "an area of exceptional cultural significance as it is the place where Buddhism first became established on Chinese territory ... The first Buddhist temple in China was built on the summit of Mount Emei in the 1st century CE ... Mount Emei is also notable for its exceptionally diverse vegetation, ranging from subtropical to sub-alpine pine forests. Some of the trees there are more than 1,000 years old." Included in this beautiful film : the summit of Mount Emei, WanNian Si Temple, QingYin Ge and BaoGuo Si Temple.

Buddhism in SiChuan 四川, including EMeiShan and LeShan Giant Buddha

Mount JiuHua 九华山 in the snow

JǐuHuá Shān, 'Nine Glorious Mountains', is one of the four sacred mountains of Chinese Buddhism. Located in AnHui province, it is famous for its rich landscape and ancient temples. A beautiful film ...

The YunGang Grottos 云冈石窟

The caves, full of beautiful Buddhist art, are located near DaTong in ShanXi province, north east China (west from Beijing), and date from the 5th century. Buddhism came to this area via the northern Silk Road that linked Xi'An with Kashgar

LongQuan Temple 龙泉寺路, north west of BeiJing city - video

Dragon Spring Temple (龙泉寺路), near FengHuangLing Nature Park. How to get there: subway line 4 to BeiGongMen (North Gate of the Summer Palace), then bus 346 to FengHuangLing (Phoenix Ridge Park, the final stop), a bus ride of about 12-14km.

DaZhaoSi (Jokhang Temple), Lhasa - video

DaZhaoSì, also called the Jokhang Temple or Tsuklakang, is located by Barkhor Square in Lhasa. For most Tibetans it is the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. It is in some regards pan-sectarian, but is primarily of the Gelug school of Buddhism. The temple's architectural style is a mixture of Indian vihara, Chinese Tang dynasty and Nepalese design. DaZhaoSì was founded during the reign of king Songsten Gampo. According to tradition, the temple was built for the two brides of the king, Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang Dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. Both wives are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images from China and Nepal to Tibet as part of their dowries, and they were housed here. Many Nepalese artists worked to construct this temple. During the Bon period of Tibet the temple was (and sometimes still is), called the 'Tsuklakang' (Tsulag Khang) — 'House of Religious Science' or 'House of Wisdom.' The term tsuklak refers to the 'sciences' such as geomancy, astrology, and divination which formed part of the pre-Buddhist shamanistic religion now referred to as Bon. It is more commonly known today as the Jokhang, which means the 'House of the Buddha'. Along with the Potala Palace, it is probably the most popular tourist attraction in Lhasa. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace," and a spiritual centre of Lhasa. (Wikipedia)

A visual guide to XiShuangBanNa 西双版纳, YunNan province - video

Home to the Dai minority. This beautiful place lies within a tropical rainforest in the south of Yunnan and borders Laos and Myanmar, with a similar Buddhist culture.

The MaiJiShan Grottoes 麦积山石窟, TianShui, GanSu province

The MaiJiShan Grottoes are filled with thousands of Buddhist sculptures. These were carved from the Wei dynasty to the Song dynasty by Buddhist monks who first came here via the North Silk Road. The grottoes are close to TianShui, which is the second largest city in GanSu province in central China, with a population of approximately 3.5 milion. The city lies along the route of the ancient Northern Silk Road by the Wei River, through which much of the trade flowed between China and the West. The Qin state, the founding dynasty of China, arose in this part of China.

The three key philosophies of China - video

Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. And how they complement each other. Stephen Prothero is a Professor of Religion at Boston University. These excellent expositions are well worth a listen for all who wish to understand the Chinese civilisation, including China today.

Butterfly Dream - the wisdom of Zhuang Zi 庄子

Somewhere on ZhongNan Mountain ... "Once, ZhuangZi dreamt he was a butterfly, a butterfly flitting and fluttering around, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know he was ZhuangZi. Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable ZhuangZi. But he didn't know if he was ZhuangZi who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming he was ZhuangZi." This hints at many questions regarding the philosophy of mind, language, epistemology (knowledge and belief), and the nature of time. The wisdom of Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu / Chuang Tse); 369 BC - 286 BC, a contemporary of Mencius (a disciple of Confucius). Zhuang Zi had a significant impact on Chinese Buddhism - particularly the type that is best known by its Japanese name: Zen Buddhism. Zhuang Zi is, however, essentially a key figure in Taoism, following Lao Zi (Lao Tse). A good read is 'The Way of Zen' by Alan Watts.

PuTuo Mountain 普陀山, ZheJiang province

With CCTV's Travelogue. PǔTuóShān is one of many mountain islands south east of ShangHai, and one of the four sacred mountains in Chinese Buddhism. It can be reached by boat from NingBo or ShangHai, or by plane from BeiJing and ShangHai. There are sandy beaches at the shoreline and about 30 temples on the mountain, plus a 30 meter tall statue of GuanYin, the Goddess of Mercy.

YongHeGong 雍和宫 Lama Temple, BeiJing - video

YongHe Lama Temple dates from 1722 (Qing dynasty). Emperor QianLong conferred it with imperial status and its roof tiles were changed to those with the imperial golden yellow color. The monastery became home to many Tibetan monks and eventually it was declared the National Center of Lama Administration. It is open to the public in the afternoons. The nearest subway station is YongHeGong (lines 2 and 5). Among the many fascinating features is the impressive 26 metre tall statue of the Maitreya Buddha that was carved from a single trunk of White Sandalwood.

Buddhist cave shrines - video

At DunHuang, YunGang and LongMen ...

Labrang Monastery, GanSu 甘肃 province

The Labrang Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) school of Tibetan Buddhism; it stands at the foot of Phoenix Mountain, facing Dragon Mountain.

A trip to the YunGang Grottoes 云冈石窟, DaTong, ShanXi province

Over 50,000 Buddhist statues are to be found in the caves here, ranging from just 3cm in height to 20m.

The 'Hanging Monastry' at DaTong, ShaanXi province - video

Suspended some 50m above a river, the monastry was built in the year 490 and most recently renovated in 1900. Close by are the YunGang Grottoes - caves containing over 50,000 Buddhist statues from 3cm to 20m in height - and a number of Buddhist temples on Heng Mountain (via cable car). There is also the YingXian Pagoda, built in 1056. A 6 hour train journey from Beijing (daily overnight sleeper; also from Xi'An and PingYao).

Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism in China - video

An excellent overview of the Three Teachings ...

Chinese New Year at YongHeGong 雍和宫 Lama Temple, BeiJing

Filmed in February 2010 during the national holiday week.

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