In Buddhism there is no single place of worship. This is because Buddhists can practice both in their home and in the temple. Temples are important as they bring not only Buddhists but also the community together in general. A temple can be considered as the heart of the community.
Temples symbolize the long history and rich culture of China and are regarded as valuable art treasures. Chinese temples are well kept cultural artifacts of every dynasty. And temple culture has influenced every aspect of Chinese people's life such as painting, calligraphy, music, sculpture, architecture, temple fairs, folk-customs and many others. Chinese temples use various pillars, beams and arches interlaced with each other to compose an architecture complex.
寺廟象徵著中國悠久的歷史和豐富的文化，被視為寶貴的藝術瑰寶。 中國不同寺廟是保存每個朝代的文物。 廟宇文化影響了中國人民生活的方方面面，例如繪畫，書法，音樂，雕塑，建築，法會，民俗等。 中國的寺廟使用相互交錯的各種柱子，橫樑和拱門構成建築群。
Chinese temples provide a harmonious and tranquil environment for its visitors. Religious services are carried out that is well adapted to the mundane everyday world.
Buddhist architecture is regarded as a great art treasure where Chinese calligraphy, sculpture and Chinese painting are well integrated. Being the spiritual symbols of Buddhism, they are not only monastic holy places, but also serve as sacred land that can purify one’s mind.
Buddhist temples are spaces where anyone, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, are welcomed to make offerings. These offerings are symbols of appreciation to the Buddha for what he has shared with us. Common offerings include:
- Flowers, reminding us of the Law of Impermanence in all things; 花，象徵事物不是永久–它們總是在變化
- Incense, representing the Right Speech and Right Action the Buddha has taught; 香，代表正語和正行為的觀念
- Candles, which are lit to represent the idea of light triumphing over darkness and knowledge triumphing over ignorance; 油燈，代表著光明戰勝了黑暗，知識戰勝了無知
- Fruits, reminding one on the Law of Cause & Effect; 水果，代表因果法則
Temples are spaces where all visitors, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike,
- attend Dharma Services; 參加佛法服務
- practise meditation; 練習冥想
- diminish our discrimination, intolerance, anger, fear, and despair; 消除歧視，不寬容，憤怒，恐懼和絕望
- cultivate concentration and insight in order to free us from the illusion of fear and ego; 培養專注力和洞察力，使我們擺脫恐懼和獨立自我的幻想
- cultivating the insight of interbeing and compassion; 培養相互間和同情心的見解
- not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to support any act of killing in the world, both in one's thinking and in one's way of life; 培養不殺，不讓別人殺，不支持世界上任何以自己的思想或生活方式進行的殺行為
- practice Right Livelihood; 練習正確的民生
- cultivating loving speech and compassionate listening; 培養愛心正語和富有同情心的傾聽
- nourish capacity to understanding, love, joy, and inclusiveness; 培養理解，愛，喜悅和包容的能力
- cultivating mindful eating habits for oneself, family and community, in order to benefit both physically and mentally; 通過正確飲食態度‘習慣中來為自己，家庭和社會培養身心健康
The Wu Tai Shan Buddhist Garden is committed to build an environment with elements to achieve the temple's missions. The followings are the details of the elements that you can explore when visiting.