About Arhat Hall

The Arhat Hall is mainly for enshrining Arhat in Han Chinese Buddhist temples. Arhat is short for Arahant, meaning self-enlightened. In the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism, Arhats rank the third position in Buddhism, only below the Buddha and Bodhisattva. In the Theravada tradition of Buddhism, Arhats rank the highest the Karma position. Buddhists believe that Arhats position means to free oneself from being troubled and from the circle of rebirth.
The Guanyin Hall at Tianmenshan Temple, in Zhangjiajie, Hunan, China.

Chinese Buddhist architectural items

When Buddhism came to China, Buddhist architecture came along with it. There were many monasteries built, equaling about 45,000. These monasteries were filled with examples of Buddhist architecture, and because of this, they hold a very prominent place in Chinese architecture. Today the main Buddhist architectural items include temples, pagodas, and grottos. One of the earliest surviving example is the brick pagoda at the Songyue Monastery in Dengfeng County. Buddhist architecture is regarded as a .