More than 2500 years ago, the Buddha declared "Impermanence Rules!".
During Sui Dynasty (more than 1600 years ago), one of the most prominent Chinese Buddhist sect, named Tiantai Zhon, was born here at Quoqing Temple.
Yesterday, I toured the temple for the first time. As a tourist, I would rank this place very unattractive and walk away without ever turning my head. As a Buddhist, I was saddened to witness "Impermanence Rules!". I saw signs of material deteriorations and I saw negligence of upkeep of all things sacred. Nowhere I am to find or feel that tranquility and solemness associated with the Buddhism faith. As a Buddhist, during the visit, I turned off my senses of eyes, ears, nose and focused only on my inner mindfulness. Impermanence rules, the essence of Buddhism was tragically lost here at Guoqing Temple.
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