Guanyin in Long Shan temple

Many people wonder if Long Shan temple in Taipei is a Daoist or a Buddhist temple. Because they can see many statues and paintings of Daoist Gods inside, but they can see also Buddhist Gods. Meanwhile, the architecture and decor of the Longsan temple is clearly looks like Daoist style.

However, the main God in Long Shan temple is Guanyin, and Guanyin is a Buddhist Bodhisattva. Guanyin Bodhisattva is a symbol of people or gods who practice "Guanyin dharma". Guanyin means to observe our inner voice, to look into our mind, to listen to the words which we don't express outwardly.

Guanyin is also called the Bodhisattva of compassion, Guanyin dharma is a widely spread teaching in Taiwan, and even in Asia. When people have difficulties in their lives, they often pray for Guanyin Bodhisattva's help.

For people who practice Bhuddism, Guanyin Dharma is one of the most popular Bhuddist teachings. They don't only pray for the Bodhisattva's mercy, they worship Guanyin, and wish the Bodhisattva will inspire them to hear more of their inner self, to countine their journey of awakening.

In Long Shan temple, people worship Guanyin for a different purpose. They wish Guanyin's mercy will give them a happy family, a successful career, and solve their sufferings.

Every early morning, and in the afternoon, you can see hundreds of people at Long Shan temple concentrating on chanting Buddhist sutras. In the most busy temple in Taipei, the chanting creates a very calming atmosphere. The chanting lasts for about one hour, if you would like to listen to the chanting and your inner voice, the chanting practice starts at 6am and 3:50pm.

Guanyin, Yin and Yang

Have you listened to the words which are always in you, but you never have a chance to share?
Have you heard the words in you, but you would prefer not to hear them?
We usually hear the outside words, which is a Yang action. But if you do hear the inside words, then the taiqi ball is turning Yin.

(The photos here are taken at another temple. )





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