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The tenth 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 tenth 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 tenth austerity consists in refining the knees by fire (Ch. dishi lianxi 第十煉膝). Photo [1] shows Liu Benzun sitting in the lotus position while flames burn on both his knees. The flame on the right knee is well preserved, while that on the left is severely damaged. Photo [3] shows a women holding a plate with Liu Benzun's hand in it. She is mentioned in the inscription of the ninth austerity. Photo [2] contains the descriptions of the fourth and tenth austerity. The inscription of the tenth austerity reads as follows: 本尊賢聖,蜀王欽仰日久,因詔問曰:“卿修何道,自號本尊?卿稟何靈,救於百姓?”對曰:“予精修日煉,誓求無漏無為之果,專持大輪五部密咒,救度眾生。”於天福六年正月十八日,將印香燒煉兩膝,供養諸佛,發願與一切眾生龍華三會,同得相見 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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