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Essence of Zen

Updated: 2014-08-29 07:50 (China Daily)

Huangmei, a small county nestled in the stunning mountains of Hubei province, is a big magnet for followers of Zen Buddhism. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Buddhists from home and abroad flock to the county to seek out the root of their spiritual belief.

With a history of 2,000 years, Huangmei is known as the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and is home to two of the country's best-known temples - Sizu and Wuzu. Built about 1,000 years ago, the temples have hosted many influential monks for their practice and the study of Zen. Laozu and Miaole temples are also significant sites where religious rituals are held regularly throughout the year. Visitors can take part in the training course during summertime to sit in meditation or just enjoy a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Essence of Zen

Photo by Xu Hua / For China Daily

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