The Miraculous Life of the Dafo Temple in Tongnan

23th August 2018

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Dafo Temple lies at the food of Dingming Mountain, the west of Tongnan District,Chongqing. Built in the Tang dynastic (843-860) and named “Nanchan Temple”, the Temple had three stories and a huge golden Buddha inside called “Gran Dingming Buddha”, which is still a best-persevered Buddha so far, and is universally known as one of the biggest Buddhas in the world.

大佛寺位於潼南西郊定明山,古名“南禅寺”,亦稱“南禅院”,始建于唐鹹通年間(843—860年),有廟三層。北宋治平年中(1064—1067年),賜額為“定明院”,俗称“大佛寺”。寺內的八丈金佛古稱“定明大像”,是我國迄今保存最為完好的第一大金佛,也是全球公認的世界第八大佛。

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The scenic area mainly consists of Dafo temple, Guanyin Temple, Yuhuang Temple and Jianting Pavilion, which are all made of wood with a lot of remains from the Qing Dynasty. The Dafo Temple was first designed with 5 eaves with glazed tiles at the roof, which was one of the earliest architectures that were built with glazed tiles. Standing in front of a river and leaning against Dingming Mountain ,the 33 meters Temple is said to be built solemnly with wooden materials, which can be a miracle in ancient time.

潼南大佛寺今存有大佛閣、觀音殿、玉皇殿、鑒亭四座木結構古建築,多系清末遺物。大佛殿又稱大像閣,這座簷佛閣是潼南大佛寺的核心建築。始建時為五簷,盡用琉璃覆蓋,燦爛輝煌,是我國最早使用全琉璃頂的古建築之一。後經歷代維修,明朝時改建為七簷。而如此高大的古建築,所有梁、檁、柱、枋之交接處,據說沒用一鐵一釘。大佛殿依山傍水而建,為七簷歇山式建築,殿高33米,依岩面江,重簷起翹,結構獨特,巍峨壯觀,令人油然而生“蕭寺遙藏白雲頂,仰觀萬仞排嶙峋”之慨。

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The Dafo Buddha inside the Temple is, as recorded, 8 feet high and named as “Jinxian”(Golden Buddha) due to its gilded outlook . With its body18.43 meters, head 4.3 meter and ear 2.74 meters, the grand statue is quite impressive and formidable. After restorations for several times, the Buddha is even said to be the biggest golden Buddha in China. And there is a saying that “For Buddha in China, Leshan got the biggest one and Tongnan had the most exquisite one”

潼南大佛宋碑載其高八丈,號金仙,故稱”八丈金仙",俗呼"金大佛",通高18.43米,頭長4.3米,耳長2.74米。結跏趺坐,袒胸,套雙領外衣,左手置於膝間,右手平胸,施無畏印,佛身各部分比例勻稱,衣紋流暢,形態逼真,體態莊嚴肅穆。有“看高大到樂山,看精美到潼南”之說,是我國第一大金佛,世界第七大佛。

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At the back of the Dafo Temple, there is a huge and smooth cliff carved with Chinese inscriptions and peoms by ancient peots, as well as some wall paintings. The most eye-catching scnenery should be the carved character of “佛” ,meaning the essence of Buddha, in a hughe size of 8.85 meters in its length and 6.78 in its width, making the whole place more lofy and scared and divine.

在長達裡許的崖壁上,留有許多歷代騷人墨客書鐫的題記、詩詠、碑碣和造像等。其中,最引人注目的是這個巨大的“佛”字。這個刻在陡峭筆立的岩壁之上的“佛”字,高8.85米,寬6.78米,佔據岩面60平方米,為清同治年(1870年)雲岩弗乘所書,是全國最大的石刻佛字。

Tips
Recommendation: ★★★★☆
Address: Tongnan Dafo Temple Scenic Spot, Tongnan District, Chongqing(重庆市潼南区潼南大佛寺景区)
Distance from the downtown: 109.84km
Transportation:
1.Take train in Chongqing North Railway Station to Tongnan Railway Station , and walk or take taxi to there
2.Take bus in Chongqing Longtousi Bus Station toTongnan from then either walk take a taxi to there



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