Posts Tagged ‘Lingyin Temple’

China, part 2

January 4, 2014

Huangzhou

Above is paradise below is Hangzhou
— Chinese saying dating from AD 618

Day one of my 3–day women's workshop. Photograph © Sophie Chou.

Day one of my 3–day women’s workshop. Photograph © Sophie Chou.

Virabhadrasana I has a lot to teach us about how to hold the lumbar spine in our backbend practice. Strapping a block to this region is a tactile reminder to not drop the lumbar spine forward into the abdomen. Photograph © Sophie Chou.

Virabhadrasana I (Warrior Pose I) has a lot to teach us about how to hold the lumbar spine in our backbend practice. A block strapped to this region provides a tactile reminder to not drop the lumbar spine forward into the abdomen. Photograph © Sophie Chou.

Metal lotus flower rain-chain created by Japanese artist especially for the Lingyin Temple.

Metal lotus flower rain-chain created by a Japanese artist especially for the Lingyin temple (Temple of the Soul’s Retreat).

Hidden away beyond the back of the temple, there were lots of these old images fixed to the side of the buildings where the monks live.

Hidden away beyond the back of the Lingyin Temple were lots of these old images fixed to the side of the buildings where the monks live.

Another of these beautiful images.

Another of these beautiful etchings.

Carved stone Buddha.

A stone Buddha carved high up into the rocks.

Lotus grass.

Lotus grass.

© 2013 Bobby Clennell