Wild Goose Pagoda

                          The Big Wild Goose Pagoda-Xian


The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is situated in Da Cien Temple, an ancient temple in the southern suburb of Xian with a history of thousands of years.This square cone-shaped, wood-like pagoda build with bricks joined layer upon lay, looks simple and magnificent with distinctive national features and the style of Tang Dynasty.It is the masterpiece of the Buddhist architecture.
The pagoda is originally built in 652 during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), it functioned to collect Buddhist materials that were taken from India by the hierarch Xuanzang.

Xuanzang started his western journey pilgrimage from  Xian along the Silk Road and through deserts, finally arriving in India, the cradle of Buddhism.Enduring 17 years and passed 100 countries, he obtained Buddha figures, 657 kinds of sutras, and several Buddha relics.Xuanzang is the first abbot of Da Cien Temple.

As for the reason why it is called Big Wild Goose Pagoda,there is a legend. According to ancient stories of Buddhists, there were two branches, for one of which eating meat was not a taboo. One day, they couldnt find meat to buy. Upon seeing a group of big wild geese flying by, a monk said to himself: Today we have no meat. I hope the merciful Bodhisattva will give us some. At that very moment, the leading wild goose broke its wings and fell to the ground. All the monks were startled and believed that Bodhisattva showed his spirit to order them to be more pious. They established a pagoda where the wild goose fell and stopped eating meat. Hence it got the name Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

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