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christine V

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Oldest Buddhist stele found in Tibet
« on: January 11, 2018, 07:05:07 PM »
News reported in : The Telegraph , and also Xin Hua
2018-01-09 08:45Xin hua Editor: Gu Liping
 

Oldest Buddhist stele found in Tibet

Archeologists in Tibet Autonomous Region believe the ninth century Purang stele to be the oldest in the region.

Shargan Wangdue, of Tibet Cultural Relics Protection Institute, said the stele was discovered in Ngari prefecture in northern part of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

The stele is 1.85 meters tall, inscribed with the image of a standing buddha.

On its left side are 24 lines of old Tibetan language. On its right side are 19 lines of buddhist prayers.

Shargan Wangdue said most scholars agree that the stele was set up in 826 or 838, during the period of Tubo kingdom.

"This stele shows Buddhism was already being practiced during the Tubo period in western part of Ngari," Shargan Wangdue said.

Source
1) https://www.telegraphindia.com/world/oldest-buddhist-stele-found-in-tibet-199997
2) http://www.ecns.cn/2018/01-09/287486.shtml

Pema8

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Re: Oldest Buddhist stele found in Tibet
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2018, 05:28:03 AM »
Wow! Thanks Christine for sharing!
It is great that such sacred treasures are valued and that the Tibet Cultural Relics Protection Institute takes care of this and keeps it safe for the generations to come.

This is unfortunately not a given even in these times so I rejoice for this holy stele in Tibetan language and with prayers from ancient times to be protected.