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Hall of the Sea of Wisdom

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  Grand Buddha stably sits in the Hall of the Sea of Wisdom, Summer Palace, Beijing. Built on the pinnacle of Longevity Hill, The Hall of the Sea of Wisdom is designed to stand at the upper end of an axis stretching from the Kunming Lake to the summit. When initially built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799), it was a two-storied building made entirely of colored glaze bricks, without any timber beams, and was also known as "No Beam Hall". Owing to its timber-free frame, it survived the fire set by the Anglo-French allied force in 1860. However, the holy statue of Amitayus Buddha, as well as 1008 smaller engraved Buddhas surrounding it, was destroyed.

 

 

  Moreover, in "the Sea of Wisdom", there worships a statue of Kuanyin (the Goddess of Mercy) in a sitting posture. The statue sits straightly in the lotus throne with a jade pure bottle in one hand and willow leaves in the other. In the niches on both sides of the entrance to the hall, there sit respectively the statues of Manjusri and Samantabhadra which are said to be cast in the reign of the Emperor Qianlong.

 

 

  It is a holy building, with its name, "the Sea of Wisdom" which comes from the sutra, symbolizing the mighty force and the infinite wisdom of Tathagada Buddha. A visitor who connects the three characters on the architraves of the hall and the glazed memorial archway will find that they form the Buddhist's chant.