Mysterious “Triptych” Temples Found In Ancient & Modern China
Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum
FROM THE DESK OF RICHARD CASSARO
Dear Fellow Explorer,
Mysterious China is filled with untold thousands of “Triptych” temples and landmarks, both ancient and modern.
Below you can see a small handful of China’s Triptychs.
Note how each facade shows a kind of “three-in-one” entrance, where twin doors flank a third larger door in the center:
Chinese temple, Beijing
Beijing Confucius Temple and Imperial Colleges Glazed Archway China
Nanputuo Temple entrance
Chinese school, Beijing
Chinese gate, Beijing
Po Lin Monastery
Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing
Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing
Beijing Imperial Examination Museum’s stone gate
In Written In Stone, I explain how this Triptych pattern is the chief architectural symbol of the doctrine of “harmony-through-the-balance-of-opposites,” an ancient occult / alchemical philosophy shared worldwide.
In China, this doctrine is expressed in the age-old Chinese religious tradition of Taoism, the main goal of which is “harmony-through-the-balance-of-opposites.”
The Taijitu (“yin and yang”) symbol is a chief symbol associated with Taoism:
Taijitu (yin/yang symbol)
It is interesting that both the Taijitu and the Triptych emphasize the number Three. Though, at first glance, the Taijitu isn’t obviously a tripartite symbol, it is a trinity indeed. In Lao-Tzu’s Táo Teh King we read:
“The Chinese trinity, being the duality of yang and yin organized into a higher unity under the harmonious influence of Ch’i, is regarded as the source of all existence, and its symbol…possesses a deep religious significance for the Chinese heart.
”The white half, yang, symbolizes the universe’s active, aggressive or “male” forces. The black half, yin, is the universe’s passive, receptive or “female” forces.
Now look at the circle that the yin and the yang are equally encompassed by; this circle is the overarching “Third” power reconciling the yin/yang opposites. The circle is a return to their unity. The circle not only contains the twin light/dark symbols but generates them, flowing through yin and yang seamlessly and harmonically.
This is called the “Tao” in Chinese thought, the all-encompassing circle—the circle being, of course, a shape that stands for eternity, with no beginning and no end.
“He who follows the Tao is one with the Tao”
— Lao Tzu, Verse 23
“Being at one with the Tao is eternal, though the body dies, the Tao will never pass away.”
—Lao Tzu, Verse 16
This is one way in which China’s ancient and modern Triptych Temples and monuments (which are three-in-one symbols) are related to the ideas of unity and duality expressed in the Taijitu (the so-called “yin-yang”), which is a chief symbol of China’s central religion, Taoism.
How China’s Ancient & Modern
This information pertaining to ancient and modern China needs to be taken in context with the other “Triptych” discoveries that are being set forth on this website.
All the evidence clearly shows that there was indeed a Triptych pattern prevalent throughout Antiquity―and it’s the same Triptych pattern that was celebrated everywhere, holding the same meaning everywhere.
The fact that China’s tradition is rich not only with Triptych Temples and Triptych landmarks but with “balance of opposites” ideas is stunning evidence of this.
Here are more examples of Chinese Triptych patterns:
The real questions here are: Where did the Triptych and the ancient three-in-one wisdom come from? Why is China’s Triptych and three-in-one wisdom so strikingly similar to the same ideas and beliefs found among many of the other pyramid cultures?
Is it possible this wisdom originated outside of China and was brought into China at some point in the prehistoric era?
In Written In Stone, it is explained how the Triptych architectural pattern was not “invented by” but rather was “inherited by” the world’s first cultures (China, Egypt, India, etc); the Triptych and the wisdom of the opposites is the legacy of a highly sophisticated “Mother Culture” that disappeared from history long ago.
It is also explained how the Triptych symbolized the concept of “harmony-through-balanced-opposites” everywhere, and in all eras. That is to say, the world’s first cultures (like the Chinese) built Triptychs to symbolize a “Universal Religion” which says you can find your center…your “soul within”…by balancing opposites.
This is the message, for example, in the magnificent Ming dynasty Triptych architecture. The entire Ming Dynasty―which represents a kind of Chinese renaissance with a return to the deep mysticism and spirituality of the prehistoric “Shang” culture and philosophy― is filled with Triptych architecture, Triptych artwork, and Triptych iconography:
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