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Overview of Liu Benzun tableau (Liu Benzun shilian ku 柳本尊十煉窟), Pilu dong (毗廬洞) Anderl, Christoph


The Liu Benzun tableau (Liu Benzun shilian ku 柳本尊十煉窟) is located in Pilu cave (Pilu dong 毗盧洞), Anyue xian 安岳縣, Sichuan sheng 四川省. Dimensions: 14.10m(L)x5.65m(H). The main statue is of the Vairocana Buddha seated in the lotus position. Two mallas (Ch. lishi 力士) hold the lotus seat. The tableau is divided into four layers: upper, middle, lower and top wall. The lower three layers are statues depicting the process of Liu Benzun undergoing sufferings and the Bodhisattvas witnessing his practices. Each cluster includes an inscription elaborating on Liu Benzun's austerity. The left part (from the viewer's perspective) of the tableau contains the odd numbered austerities, and the right part contains the even numbered austerities. Photo [1] shows the modern introductory plaque. Metadata created by Longyu Zhang (May 31, 2022).

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