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Zen Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 3 Zen sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.

  • Ginkakuji
    Kyoto, Japan
    Originally intended to be coated in silver, this harmonious temple ended up in simple wood. It houses an image of Kannon and includes lovely gardens.
  • Jade Buddha Temple (Yufo Si)
    Shanghai, China
    This is an active Chan (Zen) Buddhist monastery but the real emphasis is squarely on tourism. What the busloads come for are the temple's two gorgeous white jade Buddhas.
  • Shaolin Temples
    Henan, China
    These Buddhist monasteries on the sacred mountain of Song Shan are famed for their long association with Chan (Zen) Buddhism and martial arts. Today most of the "monks" are aspiring kung-fu actors.