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Given Beijing¡¯s numerous Buddhist items shops, sometimes it¡¯s hard to find the good ones. But I think a good choice is Ci En Dian in the Drum Tower area, both for its large selection and an owner who is a devout Buddhist.
The most noticeable items inside are their large Thangkas. The owner, Mr. Gao, told me that the master who made these thangkas is a descendant of Buddha¡¯s family. The works are incredibly detailed, and painstakingly painted with brush that only has a single hair at its tip. The colors were made with gold, jade, and turquoise. Very impressive! Prices are very high though, around RMB 150,000 each.
There are over 20 types of incense ¨C a staple of any Buddhist prayer ¨C inside, each for a different function. Prices range from RMB 50 to RMB 150.
CDs of Buddhist music, which calm and soothe the soul, cost RMB 15.
Mr. Gao keeps in his shop a precious Sarira, a sacred Buddha relic. It is only for display purposes though. He can also speak a little English to communicate with customers.
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Sarira, welcoming atmosphere, knowledgeable owner
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