China discovered previously unknown Buddhist sutras

29.12.2003

29.12.2003


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Not hitherto known Buddhist sutras discovered during the restoration of Buddhist statues in the north-western China. Religious canons performed in Chinese and several other languages of the peoples living in China, it is reported today in the electronic site of the central Chinese newspaper "People's Daily".

The sacred scrolls are traditionally located inside the statues of the Buddha Present — Experts have Sakyamuni important to study the history and culture of ancient China finder Shikunsy in a Buddhist monastery, located in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. In this cave-temple complex of more than 20 years ago have been found colorful wall paintings, more than 100 clay and bronze sculptures of Buddha Present. Scientists estimate that they were made during the reign of four dynasties — Tang, Song, Yuan (Mongol), the Ming and the Qing (Manchu) in the period from 618 to 1911, according to ITAR-TASS.

Meanwhile, according to experts, at least 19 have not yet penetrated the clay statues of Sakyamuni hidden Buddhist sutras. They are still waiting in the wings of the birth. The cave-temple complex of the monastery Shikunsy less well known than the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang in the northwestern province of Gansu. According to legend, it was created by order of the Buddhist saint Letszuna in 366. Monk who traveled to the places in the dream were supposedly thousands of sparkling Buddhas.

Currently preserved 750 interconnected caves, which at one time were found tens of thousands of pieces of ancient literature and art of China. Found the Mogao Grottoes in a strange fate fate representative of Taoism — Buddhism to compete with the religious cult, the Taoist Wang Yuanlu in 1900. At least, so say the Chinese chronicles.

 
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