HENAN AND XIAN CULTURAL TOUR: DAY 5
Part 2 (pagoda forest)
The picture above was the Yongtai Monastery, or the first Imperial Buddhist nunnery in China. It was located at the foothills of Shaolin Temple. It had housed three notable princesses at different dynasties. Princesses Zhuanyun ,Minglian ( a disciple of Bodhidharma) and Yongtai . The last princess was said to be a wushu expert. Nuns of high reverences were allowed to be buried in the Pagoda Forest, which was also at the foothills of Shaolin, about half a kilometre to walk. There were more than 240 tomb pagodas; built on stones and bricks, with odd numbers of floor (seven was maximum). Fu Yu was a revered abbot; and was honoured as a duke by the then emperor. He had huge followers. The pagoda forest and the Shaolin Monastery are UNESCO heritage sites.
Word press just reminded me that today is my fourth year with them. In that duration, I have published two poetry books, and a third book depends on the changing mindset of Malaysians towards poetry.