Pagoda of Bailin Temple

Coordinates: 37°44′51″N 114°46′41″E / 37.74750°N 114.77806°E / 37.74750; 114.77806

The Pagoda of Bailin Temple

The Pagoda of Bailin Temple (Chinese: ; pinyin: Cóngshĕn Chánshī Shĕ or Chinese: ; pinyin: Zhàozhōu), is located in Shijiazhuang, Zhao County, Hebei province, China. It is an octagonal-based brick Chinese pagoda built in 1330 during the reign of Emperor Wenzong, ruler of the Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty (12711368).

Bailin Monastery

The Bailin Monastery (Cypress Trees monastery,[1]) surrounding the pagoda, was built in the second century CE, and called Guan Yin Monastery.[2] Its most prominent abbot was the famous Chan master Zhaozhou (Joshu),[1] who is well known for the Mu-koan.[1]

The temple was in ruin long before 1949.[3] In 1988, Jing Hui was persuaded to take over the Hebei Buddhist Association, and start rebuilding Bailin Monastery.[3] Jing Hui is a student[3] and dharma successor[4] of Hsu Yun, but has also adopted the Humanistic Buddhism of Taixu.[3][note 1][note 2]


The seven story pagoda stands at a height of about 40 m (131 ft), built on a stone foundation. The lower section of the pagoda is a brick sumeru pedestal, which features two rows of intricate carvings that include artwork of musicians, celestial guardians, animals, and peonies. The first story of this solid brick pagoda features a facade of doors and windows, as well as columns, rafters, and brackets. Above this are seven tiers of eaves.

The design style of this Yuan Dynasty era pagoda follows the tradition of the Liao Dynasty and Jin Dynasty, which were Khitan and Jurchen dynasties that ruled northern China before Kublai Khan established the Yuan.


  1. See [5] for more information on Jinghui.
  2. At least two westerners are, or claim, to be dharma successors to Jing Hui: Lily-Marie Johnson (Ming Qi)[4][6] and Daniel Odier.[7][8]



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