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Mount Ji Zu Cliff Exhibits Face of Master Xu Yun (1840-1959)




Original Chinese Language Article By: Yang Guang Tu (杨广图)

Translated by Adrian Chan-Wyles PhD

Mount Ji Zu is located near Dali City in China’s Yunnan province. Mount Ji Zu is one of the most sacred mountains associated with Buddhism within Southeast Asia. This area is referred to as the ‘First Gate into China’, as one of Shakyamuni Buddha’s great ten disciples entered China through this area. This is why this area also carries the descriptive titles of ‘First Prominent Buddhist Monk’, and ‘First in Excellent Morality’, as this is believed to be where the Venerable Monk Mahakasyapa Thera (the First Indian Ch’an Patriarch) is said to have guarded (the transmitted) robe, and entered deep and profound meditation. This is why the area is respected as the ‘First Gate into China’. More recently, this place has caused internet users in China to claim that on the cliff wall a likeness of the…

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