Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters ( Beijing and elsewhere, China)

The main focus of my photo here is not on the letters by the sides of the entrance arch way to the GuangYin Temple within HongLou  in Beijing.

I was trying to photograph what was inside the entrance; but the words on either side of the archway caught my eyes.DSCF2576

The letters on the right hand side said ” Seeking the wisdom of the Buddha with a dedicated heart” while the left hand side letters said ” Equality prevails the whole world”.

I suppose the world would be a better place if everybody follow the teaching of the Buddha and treat each other equally ( same as how  we treat our self?)!

There are letters everywhere when you travel in China, some of these are shown below.DSCF2722DSCF6411DSC_0241DSC_0256DSCF2348DSCF2870

Hope you find them interesting!

22 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters ( Beijing and elsewhere, China)

  1. I would always tell the parents of my students how reading holds children (and adults) back from seeing the beauty in the world. Once you learn to read, you often lose the large vision and just concentrate on the written message. These are a great example of that beauty that exists in the letters themselves. Thank you!

    • The Chinese always care how the letters look – the calligraphy has been handed down many centuries – but less people are interested in these!

  2. Hi Michael,
    They are very sticking indeed. The black back ground and the gold lettering is beautiful. The pink, is it marble or paint?
    By the way my new album is out, so if you check my web page you should be able to sample some of the songs on iTunes.
    Leslie

  3. This calligraphy is really beautiful . It is a a work of art in its own right, though Westerners like myself can’t understand the messages, it still contributes to the design of the archictecture.

  4. I like how the leafy shadows, captured in your first photo, echo the lines of the calligraphy. It’s almost as if the trees are conveying messages as well. A very interesting set of shots, Michael.

    • Glad that you like the shadows!
      I have been a bit lazy to explain what the letters mean in each of the other images.
      Anyway, nice to hear from you 🙂

  5. Thanks for the explanarion Michael! I’m afraid I’m about 3,500 characters short to read mandarin! 🙂
    But the meaning is great. They should put english (or french) subtitles!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Brian

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