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All existing things are
created from the interaction of yin and yang.
Still, many people do not get its true
If we all can realize our true nature,
World peace will be soon achieved.
--- Bodhisattva Wang Chan Lao Zu ---
Elaborately designed by Grand
Master Huen Yuan, Hsien Fo Temple is filled with
many spectacular scenic spots based on the
principles of I Ching and Feng Shui. By visiting
each of the eye-catching areas, it will
definitely put you in a state of ecstasy and
serenity. This goes to show the practicality of
the ancient Chinese art of arrangement.
arrive at the parking lot of the temple, there
will be a stairway that gently leads you to the
main gate of Hsien Fo Temple. On your way up,
you will find several tall pine trees on both
sides and a Jiadong tree which is over one
hundred years old located at the top of stairs.
Taking a few more steps up before reaching the
main entrance, you will find a Lotus Pond
surrounded by the statues of Ksitigarbha
Bodhisattva with their hands together welcoming
you. The flow of water in this man-made
landscape gently moves towards the main gate.
The whole picturesque scene of flowing water,
fishes and reflection of the blue sky in the
pond symbolizes the devoutness of Buddhists from
all places to Pure Land Buddhism.
after passing through the main entrance, Da
Xueng Bao Shrine is situated right in front of
you. Inside, followers worship Buddha Amitabha,
Bodhisattva Wang Chan Lao Zu and Bodhisattva
Guanyin for blessings. You may meditate in there
and see if you can attain spiritual connections
A Dragon Fountain is located
on the left side of Da Xueng Bao Shrine. The
water from the fountain is drinkable because it
has the blessings from all Buddhas and deities
at Hsien Fo Temple.
Behind Da Xueng Bao Shrine is
Ji Le Dian where Buddha Amitabha, Bodhisattva
Guanyin and Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta are
worshipped. The small shrine is built against
the steep face of a huge rock. From this hall,
Jiou Jiou Mountain can be viewed at a distance.
The location of Hsien Fo Temple can be depicted
in a poem written by Master Liou Guo-Xuan from
Ming Dynasty, describing the
geographic features of Jiou Jiou Hua Mountain
located in China.
Following the stairway down from Ji Le Dian,
there is a sacred place named Kueng Que Kai
Pieng. It literally means the overall view of
this spot is like a peacock displaying its
To the right of Kueng Que Kai Pieng is Jieng Tu
Guan, the building of I Ching University. The
ground floor serves as a temporary office of I
Ching University. The first underground floor is
Qian Fo Da Chan Tang. It is a lecture hall for
worshipping and learning of I Ching and Feng
Shui. The second underground floor is a
vegetarian cafeteria opened to everyone.
Strolling down the lower path on the left of Da
Xueng Bao Shrine, you will find the Library
where you can relax yourself and enjoy reading a
feng shui book. To the right of the path is
Taiwan Zu Shi Memorial Pavilion. The pavilion
was once destroyed during the 921 earthquake in
1999 and is now restored. On the side, there is
a large stone-carved lotus with pebble flooring.
From there, you will see many fish swimming
vividly in the pond and perhaps some little
tortoises resting on the rocks.
A lodge situates
across from Taiwan Zu Shi Memorial Pavilion. Right
in front of the lodge is another sacred spot
called Bai He Xi Shui which literally means a
white crane splashing in water.
A quick walk away is Amitabha Lecture Hall and
World Peace Bell Tower. The lecture hall is used
to teach students advance knowledge of I Ching and
The tall World Peace Bell Tower is laced
with four colorful ribbons, flowing with
the wind, on each corner as a symbol of
the great strength and spirit of Hsien
Fo Temple pursuing world peace.
There is an
arched gate near Amitabha Lecture Hall.
Once you pass it, Wei Xin Garden is seen
with variety of well-cultivated flowers
on a big grass field. This garden is a
remarkable work done by the first alumni
of I Ching Gardening College. To the
right of Wei Xin Garden, there is a pond
shaped like a bottle gourd, called Hu Lu
Pond, with willow trees beside and an
arched bridge crossing the middle.
Taking more steps ahead, the Four
Heavenly Kings statues positioned on
both sides of the path greet you before
you come to the building of Cang Jieng
Ge where precious documents and
scriptures are stored. The slightly
sharp corners of the roof of Cang Jieng
Ge follow the contour of the mountain at
the back. Across from the building, a
huge Amitabha Buddha statue sits in the
middle of Ru Lai Yuan surrounded by 500
arhats depicted with different facial
expressions. You are allowed to touch
each arhat's head. Perhaps, you will
find something that might amuse you or
give you a sudden realization of
A small stream called Jian Xieng He
flows along a path between Wei Xin
Garden and Ru Lai Yuan. Small fishes and
mini shrimps are often spotted in the
water. The scene might bring you the
memories of the time you may have spent
in the countryside when you were little.
This path will lead you back to Da Xueng
Bao Shrine. On your way there, you will
pass by Tian Tang with its door closed.
You may just stand outside the building
and pay your respect to the Buddhas
worshipped inside. Since you are only
few steps away from the Library, perhaps
you would like to take a moment to read
some books to get to know more about the
concepts of I Ching and Feng Shui.
If you wish to drink the water from
Dragon Fountain, you are welcome to do
so as the holy water contains the
blessing from Buddhas. At the left of
Dragon Fountain, it is the building of
Jieng Tu Men administration office.
Chan Chi Shan Hsien Fo Temple sincerely
invites everybody to this picturesque
and tranquil place. Put your mind in the
things you see here, like Buddha
statues, rocks, water, flowers and
mountains, and see if you can come to a
realization of the profound meaning
behind each of them.
Chan Chi Shan Hsien Fo
Temple has many beautiful eye-catching
sceneries. You are welcome to visit, to
worship and to admire this work of art !