Buddha-show Festival kicked off at Labuleng Temple in Gansu

14:25, February 16, 2011      

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On Feb. 15, which is Jan. 13 in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the famous annual Buddha-show Festival was held at the Labuleng Temple in Gansu Province, and this year Budda Amitaba was displayed. More than 10,000 monks from all parts of China came to the Labuleng Temple for the celebration.

Labuleng Temple is located 1 kilometer west of Xia River town. Labuleng Temple, together with Zhebung Temple, Sela Temple, Gandan Temple, Zhashenlunbu Temple and the Taer Temple in Qinghai, were called the six big temples of the Gelu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Its size is second only to that of the Budala Palace.

"Labuleng" means the sound of "lazhuang" in the Tibetan language, meaning the palace for the Buddha. It was built in the 48th year of the reign of Emperor Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty, and it started construction in 1709. There are 18 blocks of resplendent gold and jade green palaces. Dafa is organized in every lunar July or January, and it is a very spectacular sight.

By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online
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