The Beautiful City of
Ten Thousand Buddhas
From the July 1996 issue of Vajra Bodhi Sea
By Edwin Lee, aged 14
When I first came to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in the summertime, it was gorgeous. There were colorful flowers and green grass everywhere.
When I first saw the gate of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, it seemed like a representative of Eastern culture. At night, the lamps around the gate shown like bright stars in the darkness.
The first place we visited was the reception room. It was like a microcosm of the entire City, containing its quintessence.
But the holiest place of all was the Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas. No matter which of the four doors we entered though, we were dazzled by the golden splendor. The splendor came from the golden Buddha images covering the four walls and from the golden image of Gwanshiyin Bodhisattva with a thousand hands and a thousand eyes at the front of the hall. Huge murals of the majestic Four Heavenly Kings covered the walls outside each of the four entrances. Behind the hall was a statue of Shakyamuni Buddha. There was an incense burner made in China and a large brass bell in front of the Buddha, and many fresh flowers on the altar. With the fragrance filling the air, it really seemed like the Land of Ultimate Bliss.
Those were the places I visited the first time I came here. They left a deep impression on me, and I thought the whole City must be even more beautiful than the little bit that I saw.