Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden in Canada is a culmination showcase of Buddhist culture, Chinese ancient building techniques, and traditional Chinese garden designs.
The project will showcase the Tang-dynasty style architecture of the wooden structure built with ancient Chinese technique called “dougong”, using large wooden interlocking brackets without a single nail. Additional wooden structures to be constructed onsite will be the 5000 sq. ft. Avalokitesvara Hall, the 5000 sq. ft. Ksitigarbha Hall, and the 30-metre wide by 15-metre high stone-carved Main Entrance Gate. Together with the Main Buddha Hall this cluster of buildings are all constructed using ancient Chinese architectural techniques built according to the traditional Chinese temple guidelines.
The Main Buddha Hall is styled after the UNESCO World Heritage site East Hall of the Foguang Temple in Wutai County, Shanxi province of China, which was built in 857 C.E., 1162 years ago and still standing today. Most of the wooden materials used are high grade rosewood imported from Laos, and other materials such as camphor and yew. It has a footprint area of 1,418 sq. metres, 44 metres long, 30 metres wide, 15.72 metres tall.
The roof of the Main Buddha Hall will be covered with 24,220 bronze roof shingles, sponsored through the Bronze Roof Shingles Writing activities. These bronze shingles weigh about 61 tons, providing shelter to the Buddha statues inside and showering blessings on all visitors within. Total roof structure weighs about 600 tons.
In the center of the Main Buddha Hall are the 6.85 metres high statues of Amitabha Buddha, Sakyamuni Buddha and Bhaisajyaguru Buddha (Medicine Buddha), together with the 5.4 metres high Samantabhadra Bodhisattva and Manjusri
Bodhisattva. Carved Rosewood Buddha statues and 88 gold Buddha statues lined the interior walls. The external walls are lined with 88 jade-carved Buddha statues set in grotto style.
Additional wooden structures to be constructed onsite will be the 5000 sq. ft. Avalokitesvara Hall, the 5000 sq. ft. Ksitigarbha Hall, and the 30-metre wide by 15-metre high stone-carved Main Entrance Gate, all constructed using ancient Chinese architectural techniques built according to the traditional Chinese temple guidelines.
The abbot Ven. Dayi Shi spoke of the East Hall of the Foguang Temple in Wutai County, Shanxi province of China as a testimony to the development of Chinese Mahayana Buddhism, spreading the Buddha’s teachings to reach everyone’s heart. He said Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden in Canada will be a testimony to the development of Chinese Buddhism and promotion of Chinese culture in North America, rich in history and cultural development.