An­cient rock in­scrip­tion dis­cov­ered in north China

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SHIJIAZHUANG: An an­cient rock in­scrip­tion dat­ing back 835 years has been dis­cov­ered on a moun­tain in Cix­ian County, in the city of Han­dan in north China’s He­bei Prov­ince, China’s Xin­hua News Agency re­ported.

The in­scrip­tion, made up of more than 270 Chi­nese char­ac­ters, was carved on a piece of smooth stone about 0.8 me­tres high and 1.2 me­tres wide, ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal cul­tural her­itage ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The in­scrip­tion recorded the his­tor­i­cal de­vel­op­ment of Bud­dhism and the ren­o­va­tion of the Chouchan Tem­ple dur­ing the Jin Dy­nasty (1115-1234).

Chouchan Tem­ple is be­lieved to be where Mas­ter Seng­chou, a fa­mous monk in the North­ern Qi Dy­nasty (550-577), taught Zen Bud­dhism.

Ac­cord­ing to his­tor­i­cal records, Seng­chou learned the Bud­dhist doc­trine and mar­tial arts at the Shaolin Tem­ple.

As a kungfu ex­pert, Seng­chou played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the tra­di­tion of Shaolin monks prac­tic­ing mar­tial arts.

“The new dis­cov­ery of­fers valu­able ma­te­ri­als to study the his­tory of Bud­dhism in the south­ern part of He­bei Prov­ince and cal­lig­ra­phy in the Jin Dy­nasty,” said Liu Xin­chang, head of the his­tory as­so­ci­a­tion of Han­dan City. — Ber­nama

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