Burning Incense at Mahavira Hall at Daci’en Temple in Xi’an, China

The first structure you will encounter after entering Daci’en Temple is Mahavira Hall. This is typical of a main hall at a Buddhist temple. It is a place for prayer and reverence. A common practice is to burn incense. The ritual is symbolic of respect and spiritual cleansing. The Theravada Buddhist tradition – called the Triple Gem – is to simultaneously use three sticks. They represent Buddha, the Dharma teachings and the Buddhist community.

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Daci’en Temple, South Yanta Road, Xi’an, China

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