EMeiShan

A Pure Land of Brightness

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Universal Worthy Praise

The Bodhisattva of great conduct is called Universal Worthy,

The sea of his vow power is muli-layered without bounds,

With dignity he reposes upon a six tusked elephant,

By wisdom he is born, transformationally from a lotus of the seven gems,

In all samadhis he attains sovereignty,

His originally wonderful virtue is pervasive and perfected,

Praises of his jeweled awesomeness arrives to teach the saha world,

His efficacious response and spiritual powers shake the great-thousand realm.

Homage to Universal Worthy Bodhisattva of Great Conduct, Who Dwells in The Silver World of E Mei Mountain

Universal Worthy's Ten Great Vows

First is to worship and respect all Buddhas,

Second is to make praises to the Thus Come Ones

Third is to practice profoundly the giving of offerings,

Fourth to repent and reform all karmic hindrance,

Fifth to rejoice and follow in merit and virtue,

Sixth is to request that the Dharma Wheel be turned,

Seventh request that that the Buddhas remain in the world,

Eighth is to follow the Buddhas' teaching always,

Nine is to constantly accord with all living beings,

Tenth to transfer all merit and virtue universally.

The Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower Sutra - Chapter Twenty-eight: "The Encouragement of Universal Worthy Bodhisattva"

Universal Worthy Bodhisattva

'What is "Universal"? It means his way pervades everywhere. What does "Worthy" mean? It means "his virtue is a sage's virtue." His conduct is identical to the conduct of the foremost sages.

'There are four great Bodhisattvas. Manjushri Bodhisattva is foremost in wisdom; the Bodhisattva Who Observes the Sounds of the World (Avalokiteshvara) is foremost in great compassion; Earth Store (Kshitigarbha) Bodhisattva is foremost in strength of vows; Universal Worthy (Samantabhadra) Bodhisattva is foremost in practice.' (UW 5-6)

Universal Worthy Bodhisattva arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha's feet, and said to the Buddha, 'I have been a Dharma Prince with as many Thus Come Ones as there are sands in the Ganges. The Thus Come Ones of the ten directions tell their disciples who have the roots of a Bodhisattva to cultivate the Universal Worthy Conduct, which is named after me.

'World Honored One, I use my mind to listen and distinguish the knowledge and views of living beings. In other regions as many realms away as there are sands in the Ganges, if there is any living being who discovers the conduct of Universal Worthy, I immediately mount my six-tusked elephant and create hundreds of thousands of reduplicated bodies which go to those places. Although their obstacles may be so heavy that they do not see me, I secretly rub the crowns of their heads, protect and comfort them, and help them to be succesful.' (SS V 65-67)

Source: Buddhism A to Z

Emeishan, located in a medieval time warp, receives a steady stream of pilgrims with their straw hats, makeshift baggage, walking canes and fans. It is one of the four sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. On the mountain there are many sites of ancient Buddhist activities. Ever since the introduction of Buddhism into China in the 1st century AD, Buddhist buildings have been built on the mountain. There are more than one hundred temples and monasteries. Now the main attractions include the Baoguo Temple, Fuhu Temple, Leiyin Temple and many other spots. In 1996, Mt. Emeishan and the Grand Buddha in Leshan were included in the List of the World Famous Cultural Relics.

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Golden Summit 

At 3077 meters, the magnificent Golden Summit Temple is as far as most hikers make it. Covered with glazed tile and surrounded by white marble balustrades, it now occupies an area of 1,695 square meters. The original temple had a bronze-coated roof, which is how it got the name "Golden Top" as well as "Golden Summit".

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Baoguo Monastery

This monastery was built in the 16th century, enlarged in the 17th century, and rebuilt in recent years. Its 3.5-meter porcelain Buddha, made in 1415, is housed near the Sutra Library. To the left of the gate is a rockery for potted miniature trees and rare plants.

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Wannian Monastery

The temple, 1,043 meters above sea level, was built in the 4th century. It was burned several times in the following centuries. The present brick building was reconstructed in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The Brick Hall, a domed building with small stupas on it, was built of bricks. In the hall is a statue of the Bodhisattva Puxian on a white elephant, 8.5 meters high, cast in copper and bronze. It weight is estimated 62,000 kilograms.

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