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Linings Temple (Lingyin)

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The monastery Linings, or the Lingyin Temple, has captured the imagination of visitors for millennia, and is the most important temple complex to have a significant impact on the formation and development of Buddhism in China in different periods of its history. The monastery is located in the northwestern part of West lake and occupies a vast area between hills, Talyfan and Bahaian. All the buildings Liningsi surrounded by picturesque mountain scenery and centuries-old trees, the roots of which resemble writhing snakes.

The construction of the monastery goes back to the year 328, when the Chinese dynasty, the Eastern Jin dynasty. The founder of the Buddhist Shrine is considered to be a monk from India named Huali. According to ancient tradition, the monk was so pleased with the beautiful surroundings that he decided to establish a monastery, which will serve pilgrims as a place of solitude of the soul. In accordance with another ancient legend, near the hill of Talyfan was a poor monk who earn money for food by selling firewood. One day the old man went to collect firewood, removed clothes due to the heat and hung it on the tree. Came from the sky a goose, grabbed the monk robes and carried it away into the impenetrable thicket. When the monk caught up with the goose, then saw an amazingly beautiful place. For him, this event served as a sign, and the monk has consecrated this place, and in a month began construction of the monastery.

In the entire history of its existence Liningsi was several times destroyed and reconstructed. The most difficult times of the temple complex suffered during the cultural revolution, however, the monastery managed to preserve the Shrine. Today on the territory Linings you can see several main halls with statues of Buddha in various embodiments, the library that contains the sutras, and numerous pavilions for different purposes. The importance of the monastery for the historical past of China is attested to by the facts that its walls are repeatedly visited by Prime Ministers of China, wishing to pay tribute to the thousand-year Buddhist tradition.