Taer Temple of Lama Sect in Tibetan Buddhism

Taer Temple is one of the six temples of Gelu Sect in Tibetan Buddhism (also named Yellow Sect), which was originated in 1560 with land area of 400,000m2. The whole monastery matches the undulation of the mountains, with Grand Jinwa Temple, Little Flower Temple, Grand Hall, Nine-Unit Hall, Ruyi Pagoda, Gate Pagoda, totaling more than 1000 yards and more than 4500 halls, forming a building group integrating Han nationality and Tibetan nationality arts styles.

Taer Temple is a garden of religious buildings with local features of Tibetan, Han and Hui nationalities. In front of Taer Temple are eight Ruyi Pagodas built in memory of the eight events relating to the life of Sakyamuni, Founder of Buddhism.

Grand Jinwa Temple is the earliest building of Taer Temple, adopting the palace style of Han nationality with three-layer roofs of gilding tiles, with eave outlets and ridges decorated with gilding cloud heads, lotus petals, little pagodas and flame palm and with four angles installed with golden harvest beasts bearing bronze rings.

As the birthplace of Zongkaba, originator of Gelu Sect, Taer Temple has become the Holy Land of broad disciples. Gelu Sect is the mainstay of Tibetan Buddhism and forms the two derived branches of Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama, with great influence in the religious and political fields of the world.

Taer Temple has three art miracles with local unique Gansu and Qinghai features: buttered flower, fresco and embossed embroidery, reflecting the unique styles of Tibetan nationality with high art level.

Taer Temple is not only the Holy Land of Lama Sect but also one of the schools cultivating a batch of Tibetan talents, with four colleges of popular clan, closed clan, astronomy and medical science and numerous relics and literatures. Every year, four major religious meetings will be held in January, April, June and September, and two minor meetings in February and October according to the lunar calendar in Taer Temple, with tens of thousands of peoples of Tibet, Mongolia, Tu and Han nationalities attracted in praying, thus Taer Temple has become the center for Buddhist activities in the North-West of China.

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