When I was young, there’s this TV series about a monk called 济公 who was the reincarnation of a dharma. The temple that he became a monk was Lingying Temple.
飞来峰 Flying Peak
The stone carvings dot the surface of Flying Peak, which is separated from Lingyin Temple by a stream called Lengquan. Flying Peak is made of limestone, approximately 168 meters high, with more than 300 stone carvings produced in the Five Dynasties and the Yuan Dynasty. A large number of grottoes can be found on the peak, such as Qinglin Grotto, Yuru Grotto and Longhong Grotto. Standing inside the grottoes are stones of various shapes and forms, along with statues of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Buddhist masters on the wall. It is the largest scale of carvings in Zhejiang Province.
灵隐寺 Lingying Temple
Located at the north-west of the West Lake at Hangzhou, Lingyin Temple is one of the oldest and most significant ancient Buddhist temple of China. As the largest of several temples in Hangzhou’s Wulin Mountains, with its the long history and charming scenery, Lingyin Temple attracts thousands of visitors and Buddhist faithful every day.
Lingyin Temple, sitting at the foot of Mount Lingyin right next to West Lake, is not only the oldest temple in the city of Hangzhou, but also one of the ten most significant ancient temples of Zen Buddhism in China. Built in the third year of East Jin Dynasty (328 AD), Lingyin Temple now has a history of over 1680 years.
灵隐寺是中国佛教著名寺院，又名云林寺，位于浙江省杭州市西湖西北面，通常认为也属于西湖景区。 灵隐寺始建于东晋咸和元年（公元326年），至今已有约一千七百年的历史，为杭州最早的名刹，也是中国佛教禅宗十大古刹之一。 灵隐寺取“仙灵所隐”之意，光听名字便知其隐于山林，环境清幽。不过灵隐寺内香火鼎盛、信徒纷至，特别是大年初一凌晨抢头香，甚为壮观！据说，灵隐寺非常灵验，而飞来峰更是因为济公而名扬天下。 游人自“咫尺西天”照壁往西进入灵隐，先至理公塔前小驻。
Elder Li’s Pagoda, also called Lingjiu Pagoda, located next to the Elder Li’s Rock near the entrance of the Longhong Grotto, was built to commemorate the Indian monk, Master Huili, who founded Lingyin Temple.
过冷泉，灵隐古刹即在眼前。灵隐寺天王殿上悬“云林禅寺”匾额，为清康熙帝所题。据灵隐寺记载，清康熙二十八年（1689年）康熙帝南巡至灵隐，一日早晨灵 隐寺主持谛晖法师陪同康熙帝登上北高峰，只见灵隐寺笼罩在一片晨雾之中，一派云林漠漠的景色，回到山下，谛晖法师请康熙帝为寺院题字，康熙帝即景生情题了 “云林禅寺”，但灵隐寺已名扬天下，人们依旧称云林禅寺为灵隐寺。 很多人去灵隐只为爬山。推荐爬山线路：灵隐寺-上天竺-九龙八塔-天门山-十里锒铛-五云山-林海亭-九溪。
大雄宝殿 The Grand Hall (Hall of Great Sage)
The Grand Hall serves as the main temple hall where the statue of Sakyamuni Buddha, whose teachings founded Buddhism, is worshiped. The Grand Hall is also known as the Grand Hall of Great Sage or Mahavira Hall. Lingyin Temple’s Grand Hall is located behind the Hall of Heavenly Kings and is the second hall of the Monastery.
In the center of the hall is a lotus platform on which the statue of Buddha in sitting posture is placed, namely Sakyamuni. The statue is 24.8 meters in height, the distance from the stone lotus seat to backlight roof is 19.6 meters, and the height of Buddha is 9.1 meters with 1.3 meters long ears. The structure of the statue consists of 24 pieces of carved camphor wood, which is China’s largest camphor wood statue, and is also the second tallest Buddhist statue in Chinese temples. The entire statue of Buddha is carefully designed, with the head leaning slightly forward and eyes at a slight gaze conveying solemn kindness; the left hand transverses the body and rests on the foot with the other hand’s fingers up in the gesture of “mudra of teaching.”
药师殿 Hall of Medicine Buddha
As the third hall in Lingyin Temple, Medicine Buddha Hall is situated behind the Grand Hall. Rebuilt in 1993, this hall is a single-layer building with a double-eaved hip roof, which consists of seven rooms extending across the width of the hall and three rooms running the depth of the hall.
Inside the hall worships the statues of Medicine Buddha, flanked by two Bodhisattvas, Suryaprabha and Candraprabha, symbolizing sunlight and moonlight respectively. The three of them are referred to as “Three Sages from the East”, or “Three Great Medicine Bodhisattvas”.
直指堂、藏经阁 Dharma Hall and Sutra Library
The Dharma Hall, also called “Zhizhi Hall”, is the fourth hall of Lingyin Temple, located in the back of the Medicine Buddha Hall. The present Dharma Hall was built by Monk Xuanli of Lingyin Temple in 1446.
华严殿 Huayan Hall
The fifth and last hall on the main axis is the Avatamsaka Hall, or Huayan Hall (Chinese: 华严殿; pinyin: Huáyán Diàn). Also built in 2002, this hall houses statues of the three sages of the Avatamsaka Sutra, known as the Huayan Sutra in Chinese – Shakyamuni, Manjusri, and Samantabhadra.