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Chinese Buddhist Art and Architecture

Chinese Buddhist Art and Architecture

Author: Erin Aldana
This lesson will explore the art and architecture of Buddhism in China.
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Notes on "Chinese Buddhist Art and Architecture"

Key Terms

Amida Buddha

Principal Buddha in the Pure Land sect, practiced primarily in East Asia, and known for longevity and possessing unlimited merits from good works over many past lives.


Someone who is capable of achieving enlightenment, but who is motivated by great compassion to assist others in their spiritual development.


Also known as nirvana, the highest state of spiritual being in Buddhism, characterized primarily by a complete lack of worldly desire.

Silk Road

A modern term that refers to the trade routes that linked Asia with the Mediterranean.


A Chinese tower with multiple tiers and a bracketed wooden roof. It is based loosely on the idea of an Indian stupa.


In Buddhism, an artistic grouping of three characters, usually Buddha in the center flanked by two bodhisattvas, but there could be some variation.

Image Credits

Amitabha Buddha in the Western Pure Land of Sukhavati, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Amitabha_Buddha_Sukhavati_Dunhuang_Mogao_Caves.jpeg, Buddhist Paradise of Amitabha, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Buddhist_Paradise_of_Amitabha,_Tang_Dynasty.jpg, Longmen Grottoes, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Luoyang_-_Boddhisatvas_at_Longmen_Grotto.jpg, Fuing Si pagoda, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Fugong_Temple_Wooden_Pagoda.jpg, Foguang Temple, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Foguang_Temple_2011-07.jpg, Foguang Temple, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Foguang_Temple_5.JPG