Ling Yin Temple 灵隐寺 Língyǐn Sì
LingYin Temple 灵隐寺 Língyǐn Sì , established around 326A.D, is considered a leading centre of research for Chinese Buddhist culture. The monastery is situated in a panoramic narrow valley between Feilai and Beigao Mountains to the northwest of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.
LingYin was founded in 328 AD during the Eastern Jin Dynasty by an Indian monk named Hui Li. Li believing the site to be the dwelling of the Immortals built the Temple and named it LingYin Si 'Temple of the Soul's Retreat' or 'Temple of Inspired Seclusion' to encourage peace, contemplation and meditation.
The first audio recording was made at around 4.30am on a Tuesday morning in July and features over an hour of chanting and prayer (unmastered). These field recordings were made a month later and are extracts from a longer chanting session.