The amazing colors of China’s Buddhist temples

Monks in Kandze monastery in Ganzi, China

Monks in Kandze monastery in Ganzi, China

chengduWhen a photographer named Colin Miller visited Chengdu, China, he was struck by the colorful beauty of the nearby Buddhist temples and monasteries.  He spent two and a half weeks traveling through small towns in Sichuan province, taking pictures.

My expatriate e-mail pen pal Jack, who called my attention to these photographs, said many of these temples are Tibetan, or at least are dedicated to the school of Buddhism found in Tibet.

The lavish beauty shown in these photos is a contrast to the austere beauty of Zen temples and gardens in Japan.   Any religion that can inspire such beauty must have something good about it.

Monks praying at Darjay Gompa temple in western Sichuan

Monks praying at Darjay Gompa temple in western Sichuan

Temple entrance in Gola Gompa in Sichuan, China

Temple entrance in Gola Gompa in Sichuan, China

To see more photographs, click on Colin Miller photographs Buddhist monasteries in Sichuan province, China, on Slate.

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One Response to “The amazing colors of China’s Buddhist temples”

  1. Antique Buddhas Says:

    It is indeed quite amazing with the different types of colors and decorations. I think most of the Buddhist monasteries are same as shown in above image but I haven’t been in much monasteries.

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