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The No.4 sutra storage cave at Shijing Mountain (石經山) Baycroft, Anne


There are all together 9 caves in the Sutra Storage Cave area of Shijing Mountain. They were officially numbered when they were unearthed in 1965, as numbering of the caves was needed to arrange rubbings of the stones. Sutra Cave No. 7 was chiseled in the Tang dynasty (618-907). There are 12 sutras and one Daoist scripture, along with a total of more than 1100 scrolls on 283 slabs stored inside. Some of theses include the Heart Sutra (心經), the Mahaparinirvana Sutra (大般涅槃經), and the Lotus Sutra (法華經). Photo 2229 shows the sealed entrance to Cave No. 7.

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