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Xielong Stone of Mount Wutai
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Xielong Stone of Mount Wutai
Updated : 2015-10-20

Lots of fairy tales go on about the Mount Wutai and the legend of the Xielong Stone, also called Qingliang Stone (Cool Stone), is one of them.

The story goes that, Mount Wutai, once named Mountain Wufeng which means five peaks, was scorched and hit with severe drought. At this time, according to local residents, Manjusri, Bodhisattva of Wisdom, was surprised to find people suffering from this natural disaster, and intended to help them out of the harsh situation when coming to preach the doctrines of Buddhism. Then he decided to seek support from the Dragon King. So he went to the dragon palace situated under the East China Sea to borrow magic weapons from the Dragon in the guise of a mendicant Buddhist monk. The Dragon King took him around the palace for him to pick out all the priceless treasures collected inside it. But, Manjusri Bodhisattva just shook his head when being shown around. Finally, the Bodhisattva took a fancy to a big, dark-colored rock lying outside the palace. The King was caught in a dilemma, and thought to himself, “Where should my children have a break then if the thing taken away?” The King did not believe the “monk” had enough strength to lift heavy things and was shocked to see him change the big rock into a small pebble and put it away in his sleeve. The King was left saddened.
Miraculously, the mountain immediately turned rather cool and vibrant with limpid springs and green plants all over Mount Wutai the instant Manjusri Bodhisattva positioned the rock on the ground. This explains how it got the name Qingliang Stone (Cool Stone) and why Mount Wufeng was called Qingliang Shan (Cool Mountain) afterwards.

However, when the junior dragons came back to the palace and found the green stone on which they had always relied had disappeared, they angrily traced it to Mount Wufeng and searched for it everywhere. The indignant dragons swept the five peaks flat with their tails and scratched the rocks into a mess with their sharp claws. Now the jumbled rocks are still scattered all over the mountain and are called named “Long Fan Shi” (dragon turned stones).

The very clever Manjusri told the young dragons that the stone was put into a cave between two huge rocks. When these dragon princes entered the cave, the two rocks were closed by Manjusri’s incantation, leaving only a narrow crack for light. Manjusri ordered the trapped dragons to practice Buddhism in the cave and asked his disciples to worship them. So that cave is called “Chao Long Dong” (cave for worshiping dragons).

The Xielong Stone is also well known because the story goes that Manjusri Bodhisattva always expounded the teachings of Buddhist sutras while sitting on the stone, with hundreds of followers aside. And rumor has it that on the surface of the stone there is an engraved sutra that is now too vague to identify.