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Jing'an Courtyard

Jing'an Courtyard

Hands down, Shanghai's Jing'an Buddhist Temple is the most beautiful temple I've ever seen. I was given an assignment for class to visit the temple back in December of 2014 and observe the religious activities taking place there for a research paper I was writing for my Chinese culture and religion seminar. A month before, I had ridden a bus that drove by the Jing'an temple and I was just lucky enough to see the temple and was so curious about it, I couldn't stop thinking about it until I was able to track it down in my mobile maps. It felt a little strange for me as someone who doesn't believe in Buddhism to walk around a temple but still be moved and inspired by the religious ceremonies I observed and the songs I heard sung by the monks in the hallways.

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