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Tibetan Buddhism leaves lasting legacy in Beijing
10:29, May 06, 2010  



During the Qing Dynasty, many Tibetan Buddhist temples were constructed in Beijing. People of all social ranks would participate in cultural activities at the temples. Tibetan Buddhism gained wide influence and over the years has been integrated into the Beijing folk culture.

White Dagoba ghee light burning

Oct. 25 on the Tibetan Calendar is the traditional "Lantern-lighting Festival" in Tibetan Buddhism, which is a memorial to Gelug's creator Tsongkhapa.

After Tibetan Buddhism was introduced into Beijing, many of its customs were transferred to the city. The famous White Dagoba ghee light burning in Beihai Park in Beijing is one of the most attractive activities.

Porridge in Yonghe Lama Temple

Dec. 8 on the Lunar Calendar, "Laba" in Chinese, is a traditional festival in Buddhism. During the Qing Dynasty, the Yonghe Lama Temple in Beijing would also hold some traditional Buddhist activities on that day.

According to some literature, the monks of Yonghe Lama Temple would begin making porridge on Dec. 1 on the Lunar Calendar and they would provide free Laba porridge for believers on Dec. 8. The monks would also pray around the porridge boilers. Although every family would prepare Laba porridge by themselves, they prefer to get some from the temple for good luck. Later, providing free Laba porridge became an important Laba tradition.

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(Editor:叶欣)

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