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Tower of the Shiriing BuddhaTower of the Shiriing Buddha
The building was built in 1694. Qianlong’s mother used to pray here.

Bhaisajya-guru
Bhaisajya-guru or The Buddha of Pharmacy, founder of the so-called “Eastern Pure Glazed World,” is said to be able to protect people from disaster and lengthen their lives. Sick people sometimes go to the Buddha, burn incense and candles and kowtow and wish that they would be given help their diseases cured and that they would enjoy good health.

The Three Eastern Sages
Buddha of Pharmacy; Sun-illuminating Bodhisattva (left attendant); Moon-illuminating Bodhisattva (right attendant).

The Three Western Sages
Bodhisattva of Great Mercy (left attendant); Mahasthamaprapta(right attendant); Amitabha, the Buddha of Boundless Splendour, founder of the Western Paradise.

Manjusri
Manjusri or The Badhisattva of Wisdom, or Wenshu in Chinese, is the left attendant of Sakyamuni. His birth place is said to be on Mount Wutar, North China. As the left attendant of Sakyamuni, he is in charge of wisdom, usually shown riding a lion.

Samantabhadra
Standing side by side with Wenshu, Puxian or the Bodhisattva of Universal Benevolence is the right attendant of Sakyamuni. Mount Emei in Sichuan Province, Southwest China, has been known as the place where he gained enlightenment. He is often shown riding an elephant.

Hinayana
All the Buddhist groups that existed before Mahayana are known as Hinayana. Its doctrine is much nearer to the original teaching of the Buddha than Mahayana.
Hinayana regards Sakyamuni, founder of Buddhism, as the only Buddha. What it seeks is to free oneself. Mahayanists hold that Hi-nayanists seek personal arhatship, and the destruction of body and mind and extinction in Nirvana.
Hinayana spreads in Asian and southeast: Asian countries such as Sri Lanka, Thailand, Kampuchea and Burma.

Ksitigarbha
Ksitigarbha or Dizang is one of the Mahayana Bodhisattvas of Buddhism. Buddhism has it that after the death of Sakyamuni and be-fore the emergence of Maitreya, Dizang was the Bodhisattva that saved all the living creatures in Heaven and in Hell
Like the earth, he was believed to have possessed an unlimited amount of the best strains of seeds.

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