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When Will the Ancient Temple Reappear?

A Brief Introduction to
Sanyuan Monastery

Originally built around 1933, the monastery has a history of over 70 years. After 1946, the monastery suffered heavy damage and has not been restored to date.

Buddhists in Harbin, China, sent a brief introduction and photos of Sanyuan (Three Conditions) Monastery, where the Venerable Master had left the home-life. They also sent a "Verse by the Fourfold Assembly" in memory of the Master. Vajra Bodhi Sea published these for the occasion of the Fifth Anniversary of the Venerable Masters's Passing into Stillness.

The original site of Sanyuan Monastery, now an empty lot

The original site of Sanyuan Monastery, now an empty lot.


The construction of Sanyuan Monastery around 1933 was financed by the local philanthropists and Buddhists of Shuangcheng County, Heilongjiang Province. The monastic complex consisted of four large halls. Covering 17,000 square meters and housing 36 monks, it was one of Shuangcheng country's larger monasteries.

Flowers and fruit offered before the Venerable Master's photograph, placed in front of a stone tablet whose inscription reads, 'The original site of Sanyuan Monastery'

Flowers and fruit offered before the Venerable Master's photograph, placed in front of a stone tablet whose inscription reads, 'The original site of Sanyuan Monastery'.




The monastery's original site is now in Pingfang District south of Harbin, outside of the village of Pingxi.

A Verse by the Fourfold Assembly

How sad! How sad! Who will inherit the
   thousand-year legacy of enlightenment?
What a pity! What a pity! All that's left of the
   hundred-year temple is a barren field!






Vajra Bodhi Sea, June 2000