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The second 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 second 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 second austerity consists in sitting in the snow (Ch. di'er lixue 第二立雪). Photo [1] shows Benzun seated in meditation without covering his hair. Samantabhadra appears to witness his austerity (photo [2]). Samantabhadra's mount, a white elephant, stands next to him. However, the elephant trunk is severely damaged. Photo [3] shows the inscriptions of both the second and eighth austerity. The photo [4] shows another smaller inscription carved under the statue of the white elephent, but it is unclear. The content of the second austerity is recorded as follows: 本尊教主於光啟二年十一月 , 擎眾遊峨眉山, 瞻禮普賢光相 , 時遇大雪瀰漫 , 千山皓白。十三日,將身向騰峰頂大雪山中凝然端坐,以效釋迦文佛雪山六年修行成道 . 感普賢菩薩現身证 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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