The Hualin temple has two major halls, the Bodhidharma Hall and the Five-hundred Arhat Hall. Reconstructed in 1990s, the Bodhidharma Hall was built to honor Bodhidharma, the son of the former Indian Xiangzhi king who founded Mahayana in South India, as the 28th ancestor of western Buddhism and the first eastern Buddhism. During the South Liang dynasty, Bodhidharma sailed over the marine silk road visiting the temple, then continued his journey to the west and established Zen of Chinese Buddhism there. The later generations considered the first place of his landing as the first landing of westerners for which reason the temple was formerly named XiLai, which means “visitor from the west”. However, during the Sunzhi period in 1654, it was renamed Hualin temple.
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