Many of you has surely visited different monasteries or temples worldwide, but how many of you has ever seen a Hanging Monastery like this in Datong Shanxi Province 山西大同悬空寺.
Hanging Monastery stands at the foot of Mount Hengshan, 5 km south of Hunyuan and 65 km from Datong. Since it hangs on more than 50 m above the ground, it is called Hanging Monastery.
Built in 491, it has survived more than 1500 years. The extant monastery was largely rebuilt and maintained in Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
How could a building like this withstand the winds and storms of so many years? Hanging Monastery is an architectural wonder. A unique mechanical theory was applied to building the framework. Crossbeams were half-inserted into the rock as the foundation, while the rock in back became its support. Seen from below, it appears to be a tumble-down castle in the air. Inside, it provides the same scene as other temples.
One attraction is that it includes Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Inside the monastery, the sculptures of Sakyamuni, Confucius n Laotzu appear together, which is unusual. There are 40 halls and cabinets, which contain about 80 sculptures made of copper, iron, terracotta and stone. The features are vividly carved.
Why build this? Location is the first reason: building a monastery on the cliff could shield it from floods. Additionally the mountain peak protects it from rain and snow; and the mountain around it also diminishes damage from long-time sunshine. The second reason is that the builders followed a principle in Taoism: no noises, incl. those from rooster crowing and dog baying; so from the upper ground, all noises drop away.
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Took some time to sort through my priorities this pass week.
1. Family Time
2. Grow my business
3. Get physically stronger
4. Maintain my spirituality
I needed time to reflect and thinking about 2018 so far. It’s been an incredibly amazing year full of adventure, travel, highs and such low - lows.
I got purposeful and started planning out the rest of 2018. We are entering the last quarter. It’s coming to end fast. I’m ending this year like a NGUYENer (winner 😂)
What are some of your priorities for the rest of 2018?
Gratefulness is something that we need to practice everyday.
It’s a huge flaw in our human nature to take things for granted and we forgot to treasure what is in front of us now.
I practice living in the present because that’s the only reality we have. Not the past, not the future but now.
I find that I always wanted more and nothing is enough, especially on beautiful things and clothes. I want to stop myself now, to be thankful that I’m blessed with the opportunity to wear expensive clothes and surround myself with luxury. I’m thankful I have lovely friends and of course all of you who have supported me so far in IG. I know who you are although I seldom respond. (Sorry for being introvert) But I assure you that I see who have liked my photos... I’m sorry IG won’t let me see who have viewed my photos... so tapping me a ❤️ will remind me of you, and I’ll respond as much as I can. Thank you for popping by my account. Thank you for being you. Happy hump day!
When we were in Arizona, by coworkers made fun of me because every time we saw a lizard, I stopped, looked at it, talked to it, and took pictures of it. By day 2, someone would see a lizard and say “See ya in 30 min Abby”. Anyway, this guy was my favorite. I mean, just look at those colors. 🤩