WANNIAN SI, EMEISHAN, EXTERIOR OF SAMANTABHADRA HALL. PHOTO: JOSEFA GREEN – TAASA Review June 2014
Remarkably, five of the dozen known examples of beamless halls were the work of a Chan Buddhist monk, Fudeng (15401613), often referred to by his religious name Miaofeng.
A sixth posthumous example also shows signs of his influence.
The beamless hall was radically different from that of traditional buildings...