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Putuo confirms another creation by renowned calligrapher

Updated : 2022-03-24 (chinadaily.com.cn)


The words "慧济禅林" wrote by Dong Qichang. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

Putuo district in Zhoushan, East China's Zhejiang province, has confirmed another creation by a renowned calligrapher in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), local media reported on March 23.

The creator of the inscriptions on the precipices "慧济禅林" on Putuo Mountain used to be a mystery as the words were too blur to figure out who wrote them. Due to the restoration of these words through rubbing, Putuo finally solved the mystery.

Four Chinese words on the top left corner of the stone inscriptions indicate that the "慧济禅林" were written by Dong Qichang, a renowned calligrapher and painter in the Ming Dynasty.

Dong once visited the various scenic spots on Putuo Mountain where he left other calligraphy works on the mountain, which were then inscribed on stones, and it is very likely that he wrote words when visit the Huiji Temple, or "慧济禅林" in Chinese.

As of the end of 2021, the Putuo Mountain Zhujiajian management committee had finished the rubbings of 53 inscriptions on precipices on Putuo Mountain, which will allow researchers and interested people to look up at any time and at any place.

Putuo Mountain is one of China's Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism and has been regarded by Buddhists as the shrine of Guanyin Bodhisattva since ancient times. The scenic area boasts scenic views and delicious vegetarian dishes.