The Samantabhadra Bodhisattva Hall is the largest hall in the western section of the temple.
The Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, along with Manjushri Bodhisattva are the assistants to Sakyumuni Buddha. Manjushri Bodhisattva rides a lion, and stands on the right side of the Buddha, who symbolizes the virtue of knowledge , wisdom and enlightenment. Samantabhadra Bodhisattva rides a white elephant, and stands on the left side, symbolizing the virtue of philosophy, meditative focus, and action.
On the sides of the Samantabhadra Bodhisattva Hall are ten alternating rock paths, which are to represent the ten wills and actions of the Bodhisattva. There are also black pine tree echoing the rocks, to provide more depth to the space. Together they are the visualization of the sea of will of the Samantabhadra Bodhisattva.
The two plaques on the pillars in the Hall are written by famous calligrapher Tongqing Guo. The first line refers to when Sudhanakumara visited Manjushri and Samantabhadra Bodhisattva, they taught him to use wisdom and knowledge to guide one’s action, and use that action to prove such wisdom, both wisdom and action then fuse into one great conduct. And the second line reads to praise the Buddha, and to practice support and giving to many beings. A Buddhist who does this on a massive scale and with a timeless manner is the true Buddhist.
The Samantabhadra Bodhisattva Hall opens 08:00-16:00 daily for non-profit copying scriptures, and we welcome everyone to come.