Buddhist scripture found engraved in Chinese cave

June 12th, 2011 - 8:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, June 12 (IANS) An unfinished Buddhist scripture dating to around 386 A.D. has been found engraved on a cave wall in China.

Archaeological workers discovered the scripture in northern China’s Hebei province, Xinhua reported.

The scripture - named the Lotus Sutra - was found in a cave in Xiangtangshan region, an official said.

It is believed to have been created during the Northern Dynasties (386 to 581 A.D.), but was not finished, the official said.

“We’ll probe into the reason why the work was halted,” he added.

The Xiangtangshan area includes 16 caves and over 450 cliffside sculptures. It came under state protection in 1961.

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