Historical Sakyamuni was
born and attained his Buddha-hood in Nepal and never set
his foot in China. But since Chinese found Buddhist teaching
is so compatible with and can be a complement to the existing
Chinese culture (namely Confucius and Daoist)
which is based on an universal humanity with an inclusive
and rational attitude, Buddhism quickly become part of Chinese
civilisation, thus four sacred figures emerged said
to be the Sinologists from the higher Buddhist world devoted
to China affairs. These four towering figures are Wenshu
Bodhisattva (文殊菩萨), Puxian Bodhisattva (普贤菩萨), Dizang Bodhisattva
(地藏菩萨) and Guanyin Bodhisattva (观世菩萨).
Chinese warmly welcomed these holy volunteers
and allocated four mountains to
help them settle down. Consequently, Guanyin Bodhisattva
built her home in an island called Mt. Putuo (普陀山) in Zhejiang
Province (浙江), Dizang developed his teaching theatre on Mt
Jiuhua (九华山) in Anhui
Province (安徽), Puxian shared his campus site with Daoists
at Mt Emei (峨眉山) in Sichuan
Province (四川) and Wenshu built his school on a mountain
with distinctive five flat peaks named accordingly as Mt.
Wutai (五台山) in Shanxi
On 26 June 2009, Wenshu Bodhisattva's school
yard, that consists of more than 50 monasteries with some
dating back to 4th century, was added to UNESCO's list of
the world cultural heritage sites.
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A Sleeping Beauty
This is sacred mountain Emei where for thousands
of years the disciples of Puxian Bodhisattva coexist harmoniously
with the devotees of Daoism.
Recently, a tourist discovered that by viewing
a mountain range near the Gold Summit (金顶) from a certain angle,
a vivid profile of a sleeping beauty is revealed.
But, is she really fast asleep in the sound of
sutra chanting and scent of burning incense? Double. She must
be there doing her sleeping meditation.
(Source of info/photo: 赵蝶, 李京枝, 万忆 - 四川新闻网)