Introduction of Baoguang Monastery: Firstly founded in
the Eastern Han Dynasty, it is a Buddhism monastery featuring time-honored
history, grand scale, complete structure and secluded environment. Baoguang
Monastery is listed in “the Four Great Buddhist Mountains on Yangtze River Basin” with Jinshan Temple
of Zhenjiang, long adored by eminent monks and virtuous people home and abroad.
Baoguang Monastery follows the typical structure of China’s early temple construction styling that “integrating the pagoda and temple together with the pagoda standing at the center” and is magnificent for its composition of “16 courtyards, 5 halls and 1 pagoda”. The Hall of the Arhats, built in Qing Dynasty, is supported by over one hundred pillars, forming an ingenious structure. There are 577 statues of arhats, bodhisattvas and masters of the past generations, with various and vivid figures and gold surface covering the whole bodies, which is rare to be seen in China. A lot of couplets on pillar carrying far-reaching conception could be found in Baoguang Monastery, among which the most famous is the one on the Mahavira Hall, reading “世外人法无定法，然后知非法法也；天下事了犹未了，何妨以不了了之” (which means “no rigid rule is the best rule; all people are suffering from troubles which can never be settled, while the best way to deal with is just let it go”), and it is honored as one of the two most famous couplets in Chengdu. Additionally, Baoguang Monastery also boasts abundant cultural relic collections, including the“Three Cultural Treasures” – Buddha’s Relics, Palm Leaf Manuscript and Magnolia Delavayi and over 1,000 works by such masters as Emperor Huizong of Song, Tang Yin, Zhang Daqian and Xu Beihong. Such superb collections made Baoguang Monastery a “must-visit” scenic spot for people to Sichuan.