The Great Shrine Hall sits north, and faces south. It is constructed with hip-and-gable roof, covered with grey roof tiles. The outer walls are covered in yellow protective paint, adorned with coordinated with the cornices, brackets, stone cravings, and plaques in perfect proportion, creating a sense of elegance and solemnity.
“Da Xiong” meaning mighty, heroic, is one of the virtues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, referring to his great determination of overcoming the agony of life and defeating the four evils.
The Grand Hall enshrines three golden statues in full cross-legged position. The statues are dignified yet kind, unforgettable to everyone.
Bhaiṣajyaguru Buddha (Medicine Buddha) along with Sakyamuni Buddha and Amitabha Buddha are called the Buddhas of the Three Worlds. In the center is Sakyamuni Buddha, who holds the wheel of dharma, is modeled according to the thirty-two distinctive bodily marks, since all aspects of the Buddha are perfect.
To the east is the Bhaisajyaguru Buddha statue of the Vaiduryanirbhāsā (clear glass) world. To the west is the Amitabha Buddha statue of the Sukhavati (pure happiness) world.
On both sides of the grand hall, there are 20 dharma protectors, and 20 different gods.
One of them is in the likeness of a child, which is the youngest child’s lover of the goddess of childbirth and children.
A giant wall craving of an island Guan Yin resides on the back wall of the grand hall, reflecting the journey of Sudhanakumâra’s 53 visits of different gurus. Sudhanakumâra was a very humble student of Sakyamuni Buddha, Manjushri Bodhisattva taught him that when preaching the teaching of Buddha, one must acquire many knowledge, and many skills. Thus Sudhanakumâra paid visits to 53 different knowledgeful gurus at the time, including Guan Yin Bodhisattva. On the right bottom corner is a boat and its owner, Sudhanakumara met him and found out that he is wise, thus he kneed and asked for advices.
In the center is the Guan Yin Bodhisattva, who is one of four famous Bodhisattvas of the Mahayana Buddhism.He rides a great fish in the sea of suffering, and helps the people within.Above the Guan Yin statue is the depiction of the ascetic practice of Sakyamuni Buddha,He ate one grain of rice a day,and stayed alone in the mountain covered with snow,accompanied only by animals——monkey would provide some fruit, deer served up flowers.The top of the scene has many dharma protectors, and the bottom has 18 statues of Arhat,who were the students of Buddha, following Buddha’s order to reside in the world,helping those who seeks salvation.
The grand hall has many plaques,one of which is written by a prestigious member of the Buddhist community, Puchu Zhao:when you look at the solemn appearances of the Buddha with respect,wish you may acquire countless virtues,Buddhists should remember to always practice the great will of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva,never forget Bodhicitta, the will to achieve enlightenment.The center plaque of the grand hall was written in 1992. It writes that the way of Buddha is unfilled,which means to value the philosophy that everything is essentially comprised of emptiness,and to use the Buddha dharma of emptiness to help others,The Buddha dharma is to be found everywhere in the universe, yet is also within the tiniest being;it will never cease to exist, yet has never come into existence.
The central axis of the temple is the most crowded area.During the major festivals, too many incenses are burning that become a fire hazard. Therefore the temple was moved the grand hall north for 30.66 meter, and raised for 1.05 meter to provide more space and avoid the fire hazard.