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Sichuan boasts world’s best preserved stone Tripitaka

Publish Time: 2018-06-14 Author: From: China Tibet Online

Approximately 500,000 pieces of Kangyur and Tengyur texts of the Tripitaka carved on stone, dating from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, are collected at Bangtuo Monastery in Zamtang County, Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. The diameter of the stone Tripitaka is 9.7 meters to the left and 9.2 meters to the right. It has a left width of 160 meters and a right width of 13 meters, and it covers an area of 598 square meters. It is currently the world’s most complete, largest, and most abundant stone carving of single Tripitaka texts.

Stone Tripitaka in Bangtuo Monastery in Zamtang County, Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province

According to historical records, more than 60 stonemasons from the late Ming and early Qing periods worked on these carvings for nine years. The stone scriptures in Tibetan language are both vivid and smooth. Contrary to the concept of yin and yang, the whole volume is bright. It has a very high value for research into cultural relics and art.

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