Jul 07 2010
Recently,a research group of Qinghai University for Nationalities declared that they have discovered the remains of 200-square-meter Tibetan Buddhism fresco from five grottos in Hualong Hui Nationality Autonomous Region in Qinghai during their expedition from April 28 to April 30.
According to Bai Guo, the associate professor of the Art Department in Qinghai University for Nationalities, said that the remains are mainly distributed in the five grottoes with the area about 200 square meters in total. The picture are mostly consist of Sakyamuni, Maitreya Buddha, Thousand Buddhas, lotus flower and many geometrical pattern related to Buddhism.
Except some Tibetan mantras, there are also some Chinese character notes. In addition, many clay statues and stupas, Tibetan engraved scriptures and ink Western Xia character relics have also been discovered in the cumulose soil of the grotto.
It’s said that with the collapse of the Turbo kingdom in 9th century, Tibetan Buddhism was seriously paralyzed. Many temple remains, especially the Tibetan Buddhist art were destroyed. However, as the political center of a Turbo decedent’s regime, Buddhist incense was not broken in Hualong area in Qinghai which located in the northeast of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It became the base area of Tibetan Buddhism’s renaissance. It played an important role in Tibetan Buddhism’s development.
By People’s Daily Online
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