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【南投景点】中台禅寺-外观|TaiwanDay

位于南投县埔里镇中台山中心点的「中台禅寺」,被视为佛教「四大山头」之一(另三大分别为:法鼓山、慈济基金会、佛光山),周遭山峦绵延如花瓣围绕,景致优美,吸引许多游客慕名而来。

建筑设计庄严宏伟

中台禅寺在建筑上融合了中西工法,有别于台湾传统印象中的佛寺,外观寺顶高耸、金碧辉煌,融入了禅宗「顿悟自心、直了成佛」的心法;在建筑主体上则以石材为主,象徵修行者的坚固与亘久不变,完工后备受信众赞叹,亦曾夺下 2002台湾建筑奖。有道「横看成岭侧成峰」,用以观想中台禅寺建筑主体,则会发现侧面看来,宛若青山中禅坐的行者;正面望去,又如金字塔型态,佛法古意与新时代感兼具,亦成一番妙趣。

【南投景点】中台禅寺-殿堂|TaiwanDay
【南投景点】中台禅寺-同源桥|TaiwanDay

步入寺内,挑高的殿堂,格外宏伟辽阔;包括供奉弥勒菩萨、韦驮菩萨、十八罗汉,以山西黑花岗岩凋刻而成,分镇四方的「四天王殿」;2楼供奉释迦牟尼佛,以红、灰为主色的「大雄宝殿」,及两侧胁侍殿「祖师殿」、「伽蓝殿」;再往上的大庄严殿、大光明殿、万佛殿、金顶等,融合宗教与艺术,庄严之美不在话下。

文物蒐藏质量皆精

本寺的开山方丈惟觉老和尚年少时接触佛法,于30岁剃度出家。先后曾于宜兰吉祥寺、新竹圆明寺、香港大屿山等地闭关;民国60年末返台,于中台山持续清修。由于德行高深,皈依弟子、供养居士、求法者络绎不绝,声名远播,至今亲炙学人已逾数十万。也因老和尚的学识涵养极佳,中台禅寺内外在规划之始即含藏佛法五化,集生活、教育、学术、艺术、科学于一身,寺内建筑、壁画、彩绘、佛像、凋刻、书法等,无一不蕴含丰富内涵;这裡的佛教历史文物馆亦有着质量皆精的历朝文物蒐藏,令人大开眼界。

【南投景点】中台禅寺-拱门|TaiwanDay

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Chung Tai Chan Monastery

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A Treasure Trove of Buddhism

Taiwan Traveli?sAttracton - Chung Tai Chan Monasteryi??TaiwanDay

Located in the Chung Tai Mountain in Puli, Nantou, Chung Tai Chan Monastery is one of the four giants of Buddhism, and the other three are Dharma Drum Mountain, Tzu Chi Foundation, and Fo Guang Shan. Mountains surround this place like flower petals, and the scenic view attracts lots of tourists.

Majestic architecture

Chinese and western techniques are incorporated into the design of the building, and the image is very different from the usual Buddhist temples. The building is soaring and resplendent, and it also conveys the Zen thought of a�?realization by heart and gaining insight to become one with Buddha.a�? Stone is used as a main building material for the monastery and represents determination and persistence of people pursuing the religious practice. The temple is greatly admired after it was built. In 2002, the building won an architecture award in Taiwan. If you observe the monastery closely, you would discover that it looks like a person doing yoga meditation in a mountain from the side. The building looks like a pyramid from a far distance. It is interesting to see such a blend of ancient thought with modern design.

Taiwan Traveli?sAttracton - Chung Tai Chan Monasteryi??TaiwanDay
Taiwan Traveli?sAttracton - Chung Tai Chan Monasteryi??TaiwanDay

When stepping into the temple, you would find the place particularly wide and high. This place enshrines Maitreya Bodhisattva, Wei Tuo Bodhisattva, and Eighteen Disciples of the Buddha. On the first floor, there are also Four Heavenly Kingsa�� Halls made of black granite from Shanxi. The second floor enshrines Sakyamuni Buddha and the red and gray Main Hall, the Hall of Patriarch, and Galan Temple. Above the second floor are the Great Majestic Hall, Great Enlightenment Hall, Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and the Golden Dome. Indeed, the building is a mixture of religion and art, and the majesty is beyond words.

Comprehensive collections

Wei Chueh, the founder of the Chung Tai Shan Monastery and Buddhist order, first learned teachings of Buddhism when still very young and took the tonsure when he was thirty. He once stayed secluded at Ji Xiang Temple in I-lan, Yuan Ming Monastery in Hsinchu, and Lantau Island in Hong Kong. He later came back to Taiwan at the end of 1971 and continued his learning in Chung Tai Mountain. He has a profound understanding and is experienced in Buddhism, therefore attracting countless pious followers to learn from him. In fact, he has so far taught more than hundreds of thousands of people. Because of his rich knowledge and insight, the design of the temple has encompassed life, education, academic studies, arts, and sciences. All the paintings, Buddhist statues, sculpture, calligraphy works, and murals inside the temple all have deep knowledge and meanings. The Buddhist historical museum also houses collections of cultural relics throughout different dynasties. It is indeed mind-blowing to walk into this place.

Taiwan Traveli?sAttracton - Chung Tai Chan Monasteryi??TaiwanDay