The main entrance of the temple. The shiny golden words of "Imperial Gift of Guo'en Si" hangs above the entrance. This is the declaration to show that this temple is a gift from the Empress to the 6th Patriarch.
The Guest Hall. Curiously, there's always an image of Dharmapala Guan Gong inside to watch over all visitors.
A closer look at the tomb. The master then revealed to mother and son his identity and purpose in coming here. He told them that he had found a "dragon grotto" here and if Huineng buried his father (who died when he was quite young) here, it would bring great benefit to all descendants. He said to Madam Li, "The grotto I found is called '10,000 Buddhas pay homage to the Ancestor'. Different directions of burial will bring different benefits. Do you wish to have 9 generations of top scholars or 10,000 generations of offerings (by descendants)?" Madam Li replied, "His father got exiled to this region as a result of becoming an official. Now we are content to be peasants and no longer seek to produce top scholars. We would be happy enough to have 10,000 generations of descendants and peace." Thus the master taught them the proper way of burying Mr Lu's remains in the grotto and they followed his instruction accordingly. In the future Huineng learned the Dharma and attained enlightenment, eventually ordaining and becoming the 6th Patriarch of the Chan School. He was honoured by the whole world and true enough, although he did not have any blood descendants, his Dharma descendants lasted until this very day. There's no doubt that they will continue to pay homage to Huineng far into the future. 10,000 generations of offerings indeed! Later when Huineng's mother passed away, he had her buried in this tomb together with his father. As such future generations call this tomb the "Tomb of Huineng's Parents" and placed a stone tablet here in their memory. The tomb and tablet were badly damaged during the cultural revolution, but has since been rebuilt for present devotees to venerate. I too prostrated respectfully before the parents of the peasant Buddha before setting off to the next destination.