Yongning Si Ta Remains
Luoyang, Henan
(November 1, 2011)

When Lila and I finished at Baima, we took a cab the couple of kilometers to the site of another pagoda. In Zen Baggage, Bill Porter wrote of a temple called Yongning that used to be near Baima. The biggest temple in Luoyang, it had a pagoda that was 300 feet high, and could be seen from 30 miles away. Porter wrote that when it caught fire in 534 (just 18 years after it was built), it burned for three months! For some reason, its foundations have never been built over. After arguing my way past the workers who live there, I was able to grab this shot from a distance (in the gloaming). A truly sacred site!

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