Hall of Kshitigarbha

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The Hall of Kshitigarbha or Hall of Kshitigarbha Hall (Template:Zh) is the most important annex halls in Chinese Buddhist temples and Kshitigarbha is enshrined in it.[1]

According to kṣitigarbha bodhisattva pūrvapraṇidhāna sūtra (Template:Zh), the Chinese name of Kshitigarbha "Dizang" is derived from Dizang Shilun sūtra (Template:Zh): "Kshitigarbha is patient and generous as the ground and as thoughtful and peaceful as treasure" (Template:Zh). By Sakyamuni Buddha's exhortions, Kshitigarbha has to cultivate all the living creatures and eliminate all sufferings in the period from Sakyamuni's Parinivana to Maitreya's birth. Kshitigarbha has made vows "Before the hell is empty, I will not become Buddha. After all sentient beings are saved, will I attain Buddhahood" (Template:Zh); "If not me going to hell, who will go there?" (Template:Zh) Therefore he gets the name of "first in compassion and vows" and is worshiped by people since the ancient times.[2][3]

Kshitigarbha 's statue is generally a monk who wears a robe, bald or in a vishnu lou cap, sits in lotus posture with a Khakkhara in his left hand, symbolizing love for all living creations and strict precepts. In his right hand is a ruyi, signifying to fulfill the wishes of all living creatures. Some are standing statue of Kshitigarbha with his disciples, Daoming (Template:Zh), a Bhikkhu who stands to his left, and Mingong (Template:Zh), an old man on the right. In some larger Buddhist temples, statues of ten King Yamas who are in charge of the Diyu (sheol) in hell for dead people.[1]


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