About Free Life Pond

The Free Life Pond is an annex pond of the Han Chinese Buddhist temples. It is usually located in front of the Shanmen or the Hall of Four Heavenly Kings. The Free Life Pond embodies Buddhist thoughts of compassion and understanding of all living beings.

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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 .