Kangxi Emperor And Manjushri Analysis

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We can also observe the incorporation of religion and politics on this map through number 2 (The Rubin Museum of Art). It shows that Kangxi emperor killed a ferocious tiger in Wutai Shan in 1683, thus liberating indigenous people from suffering. According to the website, Kangxi is the first Manchu emperor who was officially recognized as the emanation of Manjushri (The Rubin Museum of Art). The inclusion of Kangxi in this map confirms the importance of Kangxi himself as the emanation of Manjushri. The fact that he killed the tiger symbolizes “Manjushri’s subjugation of local poisonous dragons on Wutaishan, alluded to by the dragon’s tail which Kangxi grasps” (The Rubin Museum of Art). Thus, Kangxi emperor and Manjusri are integrated as a whole.…show more content…
Should a person make the vow to print this image, they will accumulate immeasurable merit. (Number 37, The Rubin Museum of Art) The Chinese inscription states without ambiguity how the Mongol monk, Lhundrup, viewed woodblock printing---a great approach to preserve and reproduce Buddhism. The fact that this map with all these miraculous visions could be reproduced and spread permanently justifies the sacredness of Manjusri. Furthermore, any one who is related with the map will obtain merit and acquire unprecedented blessings from Manjusri. Thus, the map symbolizes Manjusri. For those who were not able to reach Wutai Shan personally, they could also gain happiness by looking at this
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