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Buddhist temple in Danshui features Christmas tree

Postby Mr. G » Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:20 pm

The Yuandao Kuan-Yin Temple in Taipei County's Danshui resembles a Tang Dynasty temple. The simple building is largely made of stone and wood. What might seem out of place in the temple, however, is the glittering Christmas tree that has been placed in the courtyard. Members of the temple said this is aimed at highlighting the tolerance and harmonious spirit of the Eastern religion.

Located in a mountainous part of the township, the temple, which completed in 2000, differs from most of its counterparts with its exterior, and the design of the structure is aimed at blending in with the environment while providing a wonderful ocean view. The temple has become a popular destination for both its devotees and tourists alike.

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Re: Buddhist temple in Danshui features Christmas tree

Postby Indrajala » Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:12 pm

Danshui 淡水 is lovely place with many vendors dealing fresh fruit juices. Quite a lot of foreign visitors as well.

Here is a link to some photos of the temple:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sopawn/442 ... otostream/


I don't see any problems with Xmas trees. They're no more Christian than Halloween decorations.
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Re: Buddhist temple in Danshui features Christmas tree

Postby Huifeng » Tue Dec 21, 2010 3:44 am

mr. gordo wrote:The Yuandao Kuan-Yin Temple in Taipei County's Danshui resembles a Tang Dynasty temple. The simple building is largely made of stone and wood. What might seem out of place in the temple, however, is the glittering Christmas tree that has been placed in the courtyard. Members of the temple said this is aimed at highlighting the tolerance and harmonious spirit of the Eastern religion.

Located in a mountainous part of the township, the temple, which completed in 2000, differs from most of its counterparts with its exterior, and the design of the structure is aimed at blending in with the environment while providing a wonderful ocean view. The temple has become a popular destination for both its devotees and tourists alike.

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A couple of things make me think that this is not a "Buddhist temple":
1. the name of the place, "Yuandao" (元道?) has a rather Daojiao ring to it.
2. the abbot is named "Li Shan-dan", that is a lay name to begin with - pretty much 100% of Taiwanese Buddhist temples would have a monastic; and the surname is "Li" - the most surname most commonly associated with Daojiao (from 李爾 Li Er = Laozi; and the 李 dynastic family of the Tang).

Perhaps it is Yiguan Dao, or something similar?

Though, on another note, seeing a Christmas tree in a Buddhist temple in Taiwan would still not surprise me at all!
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Re: Buddhist temple in Danshui features Christmas tree

Postby Heruka » Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:51 am

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Re: Buddhist temple in Danshui features Christmas tree

Postby KwanSeum » Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:55 am

They also have Christmas trees in Korean temples
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Re: Buddhist temple in Danshui features Christmas tree

Postby Mr. G » Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:53 pm

I don't think it's a big deal either. If anything it's a nice way to develop interfaith relationships. :smile:
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Re: Buddhist temple in Danshui features Christmas tree

Postby Dodatsu » Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:46 pm

It's actually 緣道觀音廟, but the lineage does sound a little strange. They term themselves 佛乘宗. This is their homepage: http://www.yuandao.org.tw/
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