Chinese buddhist temples

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  • Although they may not look exactly like their counterparts in China, North America's Chinese Buddhist temples are closely linked to them through symbolism and traditions that go back more than 1,500 years. This video looks at structural symmetry, north/south building orientation, and interior layout; architectural elements like pagodas, columns, and courtyards; the lotus flower as a design element; and the statues of Buddha and the temple guardians. Buddhism's origin in India, the Siddhartha/Buddha story, and aspects of Buddhist worship are introduced as well.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on June 13, 2006.
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  • Features of Chinese Buddhist Temples (4:31) -- Interior of Chinese Buddhist Temple (2:57) -- Exterior of Chinese Buddhist Temple (2:31) -- Buddhism: From India to China (1:51) -- Structural Symmetry and Building Orientation (4:55) -- Modern Buddhist Temples (5:53) -- My learning object (0:14)
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