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Longquan Temple

Longquan Temple
 

The temples on the mountains are generally of less note than those in town, but two of the most famous are Nan Shan Si and Longquan Si. The former is 2km (1 1/4 miles) south of Taihuai Zhen. Longquan Temple is another 2km (1 1/4 miles) in the same direction, so they are easily visited together and, within a few hours, can be done on foot. Like several of Wutai's temples, they claim 108 stairs leading to the entrance gate. Though none of them seem to have exactly that number, the point is that the steps represent the 108 worries (or delusions) of mankind. With each step a worry is cast off, so that by the time visitors reach the gate, you are cleansed with sweat and worry-free. A variation on the theme equates the silent and earnest counting of each stone stair with the meditative chanting of the Buddhist rosary (of 108 beads). With every step, the pilgrim has a chance to reach a pure land, free of temptations and defilements.



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