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The fourth 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 fourth 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 fourth austerity consists in gouging out an eye (Ch. disi wanyan 第四剜眼). The photo [1] shows that Liu Benzun is about to dig out his eye with a sword while Vajragarbha Bodhisattva, standing next to the right shoulder of Liu Benzun, appears as a witness. The inscription under Liu Benzun says: 本尊賢聖至漢州已經旬日,忽憶往日聖言:“逢彌即住,遇漢即回。”由此駐錫彌蒙。一日,漢州刺史趙君差人來請眼睛,詐云:“用作藥劑,欲試可?”本尊心已先知,人至,將戒刀便剜付與,殊無難色,感金剛菩薩頂上現身。眼至,趙君觀而驚歎曰:“真善知識也!|投身懺悔,時天福四年七月三日也 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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