Pagoda has its origin from the Indian stupa, an ancient type of building used to store sutras and sacred relics of the Buddha. With the spread of Buddhism to China, Chinese architectural elements from gate towers and various wooden structures were gradually incorporated into pagoda design.
The seven-tiered style of Chung Tian’s Pagoda reflects a similar convention of the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-906). Its tapering design reaching the sky is synonymous with the idea of practicing Buddhism step-by-step which eventually led to supreme enlightenment.
Chung Tien’s Pagoda is set amongst the natural surroundings and with its traditional Chinese design is a peaceful and beautiful place to have a memorial to loved ones. Inside the Pagoda, the main shrine dedicated to Amitabha Buddha who vowed to help all beings from sufferings and reaching enlightenment. Visitors are welcome to pay respects and make offerings of incense, candles, flowers, and fruits.
Sutra Calligraphy Room
As the sutras state: “Of all offerings, the offering of the Dharma is supreme.” One can purify the mind and develop character from the practice of calligraphy, letting one’s body and mind become righteous and true. This tradition is a creation and strong feature of Chinese Buddhism.
The sutras also state: “From transcribing the sutras one is able to accomplish great goals.” When transcribing the sutras, one writes each stroke, each letter, each word and each sentence with a heart of utmost sincerity. With a full commitment of body and mind and total concentration, one enters into a state of single-mindedness.
The Sutra Calligraphy Hall is located to the right of the Main Shrine in the pagoda. It is equipped with both traditional and modern Chinese calligraphy materials. The Sutra Calligraphy Hall is open to the public to come and transcribe the sutras.