Monday, September 22, 2008

Pagoda of Tianning Temple (Changzhou)

The Pagoda of Tianning Temple is a modern Chinese pagoda of Changzhou, Jiangsu, China. Construction began in April 2002 while the opening ceremony for the completed structure was held on April 30, 2007, where a crowd of hundreds of monks gathered for the ceremony.

Structural features

The grounds for the Tianning Temple Pagoda occupies a space of 27,000 m2 .

Religious significance

On the completion of the new pagoda at Tianning Temple, the mayor of Changzhou, Wang Weicheng, explicitly correlated his city's economic development with that of . Following the end of religious persecution after the tumultuous Cultural Revolution , the Chinese Communist Party has relaxed it control over religion, especially Chinese Buddhism, which has some 100 million adherents within the People's Republic of China. The deputy abbot of Tianning Temple, Kuo Hui, said that like other religions Buddhism advocates peace and harmony, with ideas that could be beneficial to Chinese society. He also stated that the pagoda was rebuilt to "inherit the fine traditions of Buddhism and to honour ." The pagoda is dedicated to .

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