18 pages of text, 100 full page Rubbings of Luohan, Buddhist Holy Men, from the Hall of Ying Zhen, each interleaved, 7 x 11 ins. 17.5 x 28 cm. some fraying at edges, frayed wrappers, stitched, preserved in a solander case,
The Lama Temple in Beijing (Yonghe Gong) was formerly the residence of Count Yin Zhen, the fourth son of the Emperor Kangxi, who became Emperor Yongzheng in 1723, his residence became known as Yonghe Palace.
After Yongzheng's death in 1735, his coffin was placed in the temple. The Qianlong Emperor, Yongzheng's successor, gave the temple imperial status signified by having its turquoise tiles replaced with yellow tiles which were reserved for the emperor. Subsequently, the monastery became a residence for large numbers of Tibetan Buddhist monks from Mongolia and Tibet, and so the Yonghe Lamasery became the national centre of Lama administration. The temple contains a golden vase which is used in the lottery to choose the Panchen Lama.
Yonghe Gong is the most renowned Tibetan Buddhist temple in China outside Tibet and holds treasures of both the Han and Tibetan cultures. (Chinese ???, pinyin Yong hé gong, Palace of Peace and Harmony).
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