Jokhang Temple is also a famous tourist attraction in Tibet. There are many myths and legends here. What do these legends tell us? What is the historical basis of these legends?
Do you know why there are sheep on the flag in Jokhang Temple?
This is a human body map about the topography and landform of Tibet collected in Luobulinka, Tibet. Who would have thought that this supine female devil body actually represents the ancient Tibetan people's historical concept of Tibet's natural geography and religious folk culture. In the head, neck, chest, abdomen, arms and large and small legs of the female devil, there are mountains, rivers, lakes and large and small temples, with bright colors and clear veins. This picture is said to be a picture of the twelve magic temples built in the era of Tubo in the 7th century A.D., which is now handed down in all parts of Tibet. From this picture, we can see that today's Jokhang Temple is located in the heart of the female devil.
Why build Jokhang Temple in this position?
It is said that the Tibetan Zanpu Songzanganbu unified the whole Tibet. In order to continue to stabilize his own mountains and rivers, he married Princess Nepal and Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty. When the two princesses went to Tibet, they each brought a precious statue of Sakyamuni Buddha.
Princess Wencheng and 12-year-old Sakyamuni crossed countless mountains and rivers, experienced earthquakes, landslides, storms and snows, and traveled all the way. When traveling to today's Xiaozhao temple, the wooden wheel cart carrying the Buddha statue of Sakyamuni was trapped in the mud pit, and there was no way to drag the cart out regardless of how the Hercules pulled it. According to Princess Wencheng's calculation, it is the Dragon Palace under the mud pit. Sakyamuni Buddha intends to stay here to suppress Disha. So they set up pillars around the Buddha statue, hung curtains of silk, and provided for them.
Before Princess Wencheng went to Tibet, Songzanganbu promised the Nepalese princess at the lake named "jixueyin sleeping hall" to build a Buddhist temple along with the place where the ring fell. Unexpectedly, the ring just fell into the lake, so he had to build a temple by the lake. But it's strange that in the process of building the temple, it was flooded several times. So the princess of Nepal asked Princess Wencheng for help. Familiar with fengshui, and after reading the eight trigrams of the book of changes, Princess Wencheng found that the whole Tibetan terrain is like a lying Luocha banshee, while the temple to be built by the princess of Nepal is just in the heart of the Banshee. If you want to build a temple here, you must fill up the lake. First, you should hold the heart of the banshee, and then give advice to Songzan Ganbu to fill the lake with white goat soil to build a temple.
Now, there are kneeling sheep on the flag of Jokhang Temple. It may be that people show them on the flag for the sake of white goat's back filling the lake. Is the 12-year-old statue of Sakyamuni Buddha in Jokhang Temple a beautiful legend
Is the 12-year-old statue of Sakyamuni Buddha in Jokhang Temple a beautiful legend
It is said that this Sakyamuni is like a Buddha when he was alive. Sakyamuni taught sutras and preached for local monks, nuns and men and women. The disciples wanted the Buddha to pass on his true appearance. They asked the skillful God canthus head karma to make four 8-year-old and four 12-year-old statues for him. The Buddha himself opened up the statues. It is said that as like as two peas, the man who saw this statue can release the pain of the three poison, and produce the true faith, and the merits and virtues of seeing, hearing, reading and touching are no different from that of seeing Buddha himself.
There are two versions of this statue that can come to Lhasa. One is Fu Jian, the king of Qin, the Oriental Chinese monarch, recorded in the book of Tibet Wang Tong Ji. He asked Dharma polo, the then king of India, for a unique Sakyamuni Buddha to promote Chinese Buddhism. For the traditional friendship between India and China, Dharma Polo resolutely decided to send the 12-year-old statue of Sakyamuni, the national treasure, to China. When he and his ministers walked into the temple where Sakyamuni Buddha was worshipped, they found that the statue, which was originally facing south, now faces the East. The king thought to himself: 'the original Buddha has long been ready for China' so he was very happy and sent the Buddha to the East in a big boat.
Another way of saying is that in the relic of Songzan Gampo, when the king of India was in power, he asked the king of the east to send troops to support him. After the victory, in order to express his gratitude to the king of the East, he asked to send the 12-year-old statue of Sakyamuni to the king of the East.
In any case, the ancient Tibetan historians unanimously affirmed that the Buddha statue of Sakyamuni was forged when the Buddha was alive, and it was a priceless treasure given to China by the king of India during the southern and Northern Dynasties.