The Temple Main Gate
Four stone columns are placed by the temple's main gate. On the top of each column is a stone carved lion. All four sides of the top of the stone columns have the carvings, same as the stone carved lion columns of Asuka, the Buddhist King of India, that still exist to remind us of the important events in the Buddha's life. The body of each stone column is square and it has the carving of TỨ quả, TỨ Linh, TỨ Bảo sets and the old scripture based on the Vietnamese culture. Moreover, there are 4 sentences of The Great Vows in both Vietnamese and English. These stone carved columns at the temple's main gate represent the beauty of Vietnamese cultural art and the history of Buddhism.
12. Further back behind the Peace Hall is a building containing the Báo Ân Tower and the House of Tranquility. The Báo Ân Tower, located at the center of the building, has three stories : the upper level reserves for the reverence of the Trinity of the Western Pure Land (Amitabha – Buddha of Infinite Light; Quan Âm – Bodhisattva of Great Compassion; and Mahasthamaprata – Bodhisattva of Great Strength). The center level is adorned with the statue of Amitabha Buddha. Surrounding the Báo Ân Tower is the House of Tranquility. At each of the three sides of the House is the statue of the Earth Store Bodhisattva, the Lord of the lowest realm, “He who delivers from the torments of hell.”
The Dharma tower has 2 levels and 60 ft. high. The top level of the tower is where the Tripitaka is stored. This area is reserved for those who want to research the Tripitaka. The middle level of the tower contains the Great Drum and the bottom level is the Great Bell.