Thursday, August 15, 2013

Journey to the Sacred Buddhist Holy Mountains of China - Wu Tai Shan (North)

While many of China’s mountains have become revered over history, four in particular are believed especially sacred. Mountains are where heaven and earth touch and in this vein, Chinese believe that bodhisatvas, or Buddhist disciples who have reached nirvana but come back to earth to help mortals on their own paths to enlightenment, dwell in four sacred mountains.

Considered the best established of the four Buddhist holy mountains, Wu Tai Shan, means five-terraced mountain and refers to the five flat peaks in the area. It is the holiest of the sacred peaks and is dedicated to Manjushri (or Wenshu Pusa in Chinese), the Bodhisatva of wisdom and virtue.

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