A Lama temple in Chengde, Hebei Province, China

Buddhistic Temple close to Ulan Ude, Russia

The obvious introductory question to Buddhist Temples would be a basic outline as to what Buddhism is. This philosophical religion began sometime between the 6th and 4th centuries B.C. under the guidance of "The Buddha", Siddhartha Gautama. Followers of Buddhism take part in many varieties of practices and traditions which have continued to evolve over time. The major practices of Buddhism are referred to as the "Three Jewels" which speak of The Buddha, The Dharma (or teachings), and the Sangha (or community.) Monastery living, Scriptural studies, devotional practices, and traditional ceremonies are some of many aspects of this religion.

All of the Buddhist constructions are made with the finest quality. Never has such outstanding architecture been seen for a religious structure. Stupas and pagodas covered with gold and jewels are not uncommon. Status of Buddha are a typical find at most locations, whether a temple, monastery, stupa, or pagoda. Each Buddhist temple varies in shape, style, and color providing a unique worship experience in every place.

When speaking of Buddhist temples, it would be impossible to cover every piece of knowledge or detail. Instead, we would like to close by naming some of the many prominent temples across the world. This may lead you to a further study of the Buddhist religion or the temples of Buddhism themselves.

The Kinkaku-ji, or Golden Pavilion, in Kyoto, Japan. The top two stories of this Buddhist temple are painted in pure gold leaf.

  • Bayon Temple, Angkor, Cambodia
  • Giant Buddha of Leshan, Leshan, China
  • Shaolin Temples, Henan, China
  • Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra, India
  • Borobudur, Java, Indonesia
  • Sensoji, Tokyo, Japan
  • Ivolginsky Datsan, Ivolginsk, Russia
  • Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet
  • Hua Zang Si Temple, San Francisco, United States