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Luoyang Mingtang and scenic paradise —— Scenic Paradise

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Scenic Paradise
The golden dome that can be seen from a distance tells us that this is a building related to Buddhism. Paradise is a protective building with an internal steel frame structure and an appearance imitating the style of the Tang Dynasty. It is designed to serve the dual functions of site protection and display. Unlike most domestic Buddhist buildings, the "paradise", the royal Buddhist temple of the Wuzhou Dynasty, does not appear in the form of a group of buildings, but stands out and is tall and extraordinary. Its purpose is to demonstrate the kingly spirit of the ruler who is solemn, commanding the world, and condescending. The building has five floors on the outside and nine floors inside, alternating with light and dark, symbolizing the emperor's supreme status and the turbulent political situation.


1. Reception Hall
Display on the second floor of the hall is a 22-meter-long mural "All Nations Come to Tang Dynasty". The design concept of the lobby lighting highlights the theme of "Phoenix". It embodies the characteristics of the times of peace, auspiciousness and harmony in the world, and shows the beautiful meaning of phoenixes flying together and hundreds of birds paying homage to the phoenix.

 

 

2. Buddhist Zen Hall
The Buddhist Zen Hall on the third floor displays a large mandala on the top, which means "dojo". The main statue on the lotus platform in the center of this mandala is Amitabha Buddha in the Western Paradise.


3. Samadhi Zen Hall
The Samadhi Zen Hall on the fourth floor is the meditation center inside the Paradise Building. Zen is a profound word in Buddhism, which not only represents letting go and freedom, but also reflects the state of self-cultivation of spiritual sublimation. The ancients often said that when you meditate and meditate, you will be cultivating a Zen mind.


On both sides, there are two pieces of rosin jade Ruyi. Ruyi, which means "as you wish", was widely used by the ancients in the design of residences. Paradise Ruyi is built with precious "rosin jade" produced locally in Henan. The texture of jade is combined with the clear light transmission effect of rosin, highlighting the royal style of "Bright yellow shines in all directions".


4. Treasure Pavilion
The fifth floor of the Treasure Pavilion. The first thing that caught our eyes was the "three-color wall Buddhist plate" on the wall inlaid with exquisite porcelain. The porcelain used here is the "Tang Dynasty three-color craft" with the most regional characteristics of Luoyang.


5. Zen Teahouse
In the Zen Teahouse on the sixth floor, what comes into view is a huge fire-proof bead. The fire-proof bead is like a blazing flame, reaching up to the top of the floor, making it majestic and extraordinary. Since ancient buildings mostly used wood as raw material, it is very easy to catch fire. In order to ward off evil spirits, the ancients often built fire-avoiding beads on the tops of high-rise buildings to avoid fire hazards. The fire-avoiding bead we see is integrated with the mandala in the center of the fifth floor, occupying almost one-third of the height of the entire mandala. This is the unique style of the Buddhist mandala in the Wuzhou period. Walking along the increasingly Zen corridor to the depths of the sixth floor, Thangka-style pictures depicting four Buddhist Vajra Lords and a Tara Bodhisattva linger around.


6. Fo Yuan Hall
The Buddhist Hall on the seventh floor. Directly in the north, there is a huge screen wall facing the gate of a house, which is a unique component of traditional Chinese architecture. Screen walls were placed inside the temples. On the one hand, they could highlight the owner's lofty social status. On the other hand, they also had the function of isolating space and enriching the indoor layout. Looking up, directly above us, there is a "lotus seed and peony" crystal lamp with the same style as the second-story Phoenix lighting. The wealth and splendor of the peony matches the purity and wishfulness of the lotus seed, which has the meaning of perfection and great virtue.

 

The ancients often said, "It is better to live without meat for three days than to live without tea for one day." Tea is an indispensable drink in daily life. Tea drinking before the Tang Dynasty belonged to the era of extensive frying and drinking, and people drank tea in large quantities. Since the Tang Dynasty, tea tasting has become increasingly popular and gradually integrated with Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Zen tea is a unique way of tea tasting in Buddhism.


7. Thousand Buddha Hall
The Thousand Buddha Hall on the eighth floor has a total of 777 Buddhist niches in the Buddha statue support center. In Buddhist scriptures, the odd number is Yang, and 7 is an extremely special number. The number setting of the 777 Buddha statues represents the past, present and future of Sakyamuni Buddha's practice. The first number 7 represents the 7 steps that the Buddha took after his birth, also known as the "Seven Steps to the Lotus", symbolizing the vast root of wisdom;   the second 7 represents the Buddha's gradual getting rid of the "seven emotions and six desires" of the Buddha during his practice. Persevere in troubles and achieve harmony between your own physical and mental realm; the third 7 means "seven-level pagoda", symbolizing future predestined fate and the perfection of merit.


8. Temple of Heaven
The ninth floor is the Temple of Heaven, which strives to create a spiritual space for communication with humans and Buddhas, and to create a spectacular scene of the Western Paradise for devout Buddhists. When you climb to the top of the Temple of Heaven, you can have a panoramic view of the Sui and Tang palaces. At a commanding height, this is a visual impact and a shock to the soul. The Mingtang and Heaven echo each other from a distance. Walking on the corridor, it seems that time is traveling back and forth, allowing us to go back. The ruins park has restored its unparalleled splendor with magnificent scenes, describing the incomparable nobility and grandeur of the ruling center of the Tang Dynasty. The Mingtang, Paradise and other protection and display projects standing on the ruins witness to Luoyang's glorious history.


9. Paradise Light Show
It shows the changing of the four seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter.   Throughout the year, the city of Luoyang in the Sui and Tang Dynasties went through repeated reincarnations, and each reincarnation would encounter different scenery.   What’s even more surprising is that it perfectly and simply shows the steps of constructing Paradise during the Wu and Zhou Dynasties. Together with the “Fire Phoenix Nirvana” at the end, it shows visitors a series of beautiful landscapes, thus becoming one of the most attractive sights in the Paradise Center Pillar Pit site.

 

 

(resource: Baidu Encyclopedia)

 

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