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Lanzhou Lingyanchan Temple

Address: Gansu Shifogou National Forest Park, Agan Town, Qilihe District, Lanzhou City, Gansu Province

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Lanzhou Shifogou Lingyan Temple is located in the hinterland of Shifogou, in the Shifogou National Forest Park, 16 kilometers south of downtown Lanzhou. It is a Gelug (Yellow Sect) monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. The Shifogou temple was discovered in the early Qing Dynasty. A stone cave was discovered on the cliff with a stone Buddha statue on the wall. In Jiaqing (1796-1820 AD), monks made alms to collect donations, built Shifo Temple, and abbot for many years. Shifogou was named after it. The temple was destroyed twice during the Tongzhi period of the Qing Dynasty (1862-1874) and during the "Cultural Revolution". According to textual research: In the 4th year of Emperor Taiwu of the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 431), the leader of the Xianbei tribe and the king of Bailan of Tuyuhun, Muronggui, expanded and built a temple based on the Shifogou Lingyan cave, which he had built. , So named "Stone Buddha Temple". Afterwards, all mongolian and Tibetan lamas were invited to abbots. Therefore, the "Reconstruction of Gaolan County" Volume 10 "Yudi" records: "Stone Buddha Temple is a Tibetan Buddhism Tantric Dojo, and the main offering is the double statue of Vajra Sadao." During the Jiaqing period (1796-1820), Jue Luo Yongyan was rebuilt and renamed "Stone Buddha Temple". During the "Cultural Revolution", the temple was completely destroyed, leaving only caves. After gradually implementing the religious policy in the 1980s, the government approved the reconstruction and opening of the Shifogou Ancient Dojo.

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