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  Buddha walls in Chinese temples

 

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The walls of this Chinese temple are decorated with large Golden Lotuses that show the Buddha and eight Lokapalas (fig.), and with thousands of small Buddha images, said to represent the words spoken by the Sakyamuni Buddha.

 

Alternatively, and especially if displayed in a cone-shaped, pagoda-like structure in Chinese temples (fig.), they may symbolize the ten thousand bodhisattvas of the Three Ages of Buddhism, as known in Mahayana Buddhism.

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