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The first austerity in Liu Benzun tableau (Liu Benzun shilian ku 柳本尊十煉窟), Pilu dong 毗廬洞 Anderl, Christoph


The cluster of statues and inscriptions depicting Liu Benzun's first austerity in the Liu Benzun tableau (Liu Benzun shilian ku 柳本尊十煉窟) in Pilu cave (Pilu dong 毗盧洞), Anyue xian 安岳縣, Sichuan sheng 四川省. The first austerity consists in refining a finger by fire (Ch. diyi lianzhi 第一煉指). Photo [2] shows Liu Benzun seated in meditation, wearing layman’s attire . He is holding up the second finger of his left hand, with a flame arising from it. Photo [1] shows the inscriptions of both the first and seventh austerity. The content of the first austerity is recorded as follows: 本尊教主於光啟二年偶見人多疫疾,教主憫之,遂盟于佛,持咒滅之。在本宅道場中,煉左手第二指一節,供養諸佛,誓救苦惱眾生。感聖賢攝授道不語云:“汝當西去,遇彌即住,逢漢即回。”遂遊禮靈山,卻回歸縣 Transcription based on Liu Changjiu 刘长久, 1995: "Yelun Anyue Piludong shiku: jianyu Cao Dan, Zhao Ling erjun shangque 也论安岳毗卢洞石窟——兼与曹丹、赵昤二君商榷" [Research on grottos in Pilu cave in Anyue county: discussion with Cao Dan and Zhao Ling] in Sichuan wenwu 四川文物 [Sichuan Cultural Relics] 5, pp. 37-43. Metadata created by Longyu Zhang (May 31, 2022).

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