Shai Jing Jie (Buddhist Scriptures Basking Day): Shaolin Temple’s Treasured Ancient Books and Buddhist Scriptures Bask

发布日期:2019-07-08   字体大小:   
July 8 or the sixth day of the sixth lunar month is traditional Buddhist Scriptures Basking Day. On that morning, China Songshan Shaolin Temple held the Buddhist Scriptures Basking assembly, publicly exhibiting scriptures on rocks, paper scriptures, wooden scriptures and many other cultural relics and ancient Buddhist scriptures and offering opportunities to experience Buddhist culture on the scene as well.

One legend says the sixth day of the sixth lunar month was the day some Buddhist texts fell into the water when Xuanzang made a pilgrimage to the West for Buddhist sutra. He basked those books on the stone to bring them back integrally. Later temples’ Sangha always bring lay Buddhists and believers together to dry the treasured scriptures each year to guard against damp. Meanwhile scriptures basking also has the significance that “drying scriptures to deliver people has endless virtues and merits”.

With the blessing of peaceful chanting and singing, Venerable Yongxin burned incense and presided over the assembly, leading Shaolin monks and lay Buddhists to dry scriptures devoutly in the Sutra-keeping Pavilion of Shaolin Temple. After the event, Venerable Yongxin explained that there has always had a tradition to turn the page and dry scriptures among great monasteries (conglin). As the ancestral monastery of Chan sect, Shaolin Temple is also a major base of Discipline and has higher historical status. As long as the Northern Wei Dynasty, eminent masters from India translated Buddhist scriptures on the Fan Jing Tai (the pavilion of translating scriptures) of Shaolin Temple and preached dharma as well. Together with collection and arrangement in recent years, Shaolin Temple has treasured many rare editions of scriptures of all dynasties. In addition, there are also some precious classics of Confucianism and Taoism preserved in Sutra-keeping Pavilion of Shaolin Temple. Because of causes and harmonious unity in the moment, Shaolin Temple responds to the call of the national library, took out part of ancient scriptures exhibited openly, hoping to arouse people’s awareness of protection of cultural relics and cherish classics. There will be more precious ancient books to meet the public in the future. 

According to person in charge Master Yange, Sutra-keeping Pavilion, the Sutra-keeping Pavilion of Shaolin Temple always values dharma treasures, remnants after a disasters of all dynasties are still rich. There are more than 5480 volumes of Tripitaka of Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. New sets of written scriptures of Tang Dynasty and rare editions of Song and Yuan Dynasties are still considerable. As the fourth batch of the “Key Ancient Books Site under the State Protection” (the first in Buddhist circle), Shaolin Temple actively responds to “Chinese ancient books protection program” of national ancient books protection center, taking the lead in ancient books registration survey within the religion, continuously training ancient books protection and management talent, improving research ability about ancient books, inheriting wisdom of ancestors and continuing to strengthen the development of application of ancient books, which gains remarkable achievements. (Edited by Master Yanyang and Yue Long)

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