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The Cave of a Thousand Buddha’s

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The Cave of a Thousand Buddha’s

Mogao Caves, DunHuang

DunHuang Mogao Caves are artificial caves in the Singing Sand Mountain in DunHuang city, the series of man made caverns is one of China’s most interesting and spiritually influential places, and an important part of ancient Chinese Buddhist culture. There are nearly 500 caverns within this network; which were used from living quarters to massive worship halls; however only about 10% of these are available to the public to view. Historic evidence suggests that the caves became crafted after a Buddhist Monk had a vision of a thousand Buddha’s at the Moago Caves, this is why now the caves are popularly known as ‘The Cave of a Thousand Buddha’s’
Buddhism originated from India, and made it’s way to China in approximately the 1st Century A.D, records suggest that the likely source of this influence was from traders from central Asia. It is believed that Buddha was formerly known as Prince Siddharta Gautama of the Sakya Clan and was born around the year 563 B.C. in Kapilavasu which is now called Nepal. The prince had been greatly sheltered as a child by his father the King, and since the prince had never before come across pain and suffering in people, he was appalled when he finally crossed it’s path. He wondered how people could be happy in such a world filled with pain. Through meditation the Prince found a way of life based on compassion for others. He also learnt self sacrifice for the benefit of others, until eventually he became enlightened to a new way of looking at the world. He taught these truths to others from then on; that everything in life is interconnected, and that the pursuit of happiness and joy for selfish reasons should end, and that it should instead be given to the world so others could feel this compassion. These teachings or sutras were written down, depicted in paintings and sculptures and passed on from generation to generation of followers, and from there it flourished and has spread over a great part of the world from east to west.
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Mogao Caves, DunHuang

The caves started being crafted at about 366 A.D, Shrines and temples were carved out of the very stone to provide a sacred haven in which to lodge and meditate while following the teachings of Buddha. The caves were used and decorated with around 2400 hand painted clay figures, and close to 45,000 square meters of murals which depicted scenes of the different incarnations Buddha, and these murals have been added to throughout the ages by various artists who have been inspired by this amazing site. Many followers believed that reproducing Buddha’s image many times or in large sizes brought great merit and luck, so his statues and pictures were reproduced thousands of times inside the caves.

Many of the statues are similar, though they show the Buddah with different hand gestures (mudra). Each mudra represents things such as teaching, protecting, and meditating. They also represent one of six different reincarnations of Buddha as a human being. Followers also believe that he has also been reincarnated as animals such as a deer, monkey, birds, tigers, and elephants. These incarnations as an animal are called Jutaku tales, and are widely popular in this culture.

This massive network of caves preserved nearly a thousand years of Buddhist architecture, clay sculpture, murals, and a library of manuscripts and scrolls, dating from the 5th to the 14th centuries. In the 19th century western explorers managed to barter for many thousands of manuscripts that were written in Chinese, Tibetan, Sanskrit, Sogdian and other tongues, and masses of silk paintings from the caves. One of these manuscripts dated back to 868 A.D and is considered one of the oldest printed books in the world. Many of the other manuscripts that had been taken from the caves by the westerners are now on show in New Delhi and in London. The rest of the 50,000 odd manuscripts and scrolls were considered to be in danger by the Chinese government and were ordered to be moved securely to Beijing in the early 1900’s. In 1961 they officially declared the caves to be a national monument, and now time and finances are continually being secured to carry on with the restoration of these ancient and delicate murals, and to preserve the cave structures from further damage.
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Mogao Caves, DunHuang

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