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Dong Gioi pagoda in An Duong district, Hai Phong was built in the 13th century, in the late Ly and early Tran dynasties. The pagoda also retains many unique features from the decoration on the walls to the preservation of scriptures and carved boards.

Bo Da Pagoda: The place with the oldest woodblocks of Buddhist scriptures carved on wood in the world

Venerable Thich Nguyen Binh next to the cabinet to preserve the business boards

This place also preserves many ancient scriptures, many woodblock prints and many ancient Buddha statues. According to preliminary statistics, the pagoda has about 2,000 printed boards of many sutras.

Abbot Venerable Thich Nguyen Binh said: Dong Gioi Pagoda was built in the southwest direction on a rectangular piece of land. The pagoda was built according to “Foreign internal affairs”. With two long corridors connecting the front house in the front with the rear house in the back, forming a rectangular frame around. In the process of formation and development, the pagoda has been built a number of other houses such as the ancestral house, which is the place to worship the monks who used to be the abbot at the temple who have now passed away, along with the monks, the residence of the monks. monks and some other structures such as towers and gates of the pagoda.

Regarding ancient relics, in the temple, there are also Thien Dai stone pillars, a system of Buddha statues, a system of Han Nom parallel sentences, wooden signboards, printed bookcases, and about 2,000 boards engraved with Buddhist scriptures being preserved. manage here.

Printed board engraving Buddhist scripture It is an indispensable part of many pagodas in our country during the feudal period. The carving of sutra boards is a regular work of the temple to duplicate the sutras so that the monks and Buddhists have materials to recite and study every day. Therefore, often the famous and well-funded pagodas often carve the sutras of the ancestral mountain, or the famous sutras such as Hoa Nghiem, Lang Nghiem, Lien Hoa, Sa Di… That’s why the system The scriptures of the temples in our country are diverse and rich. Many temples still keep thousands of printed boards, which is one of the important and valuable relics of the history of the temple in particular and of Buddhism in the country in general.

The scriptures have been printed on dó paper and bound into books

The scriptures have been printed on dó paper and bound into books

The temple keeps the oldest woodblocks of Buddhist scriptures carved on wood in the world

The Venerable Thich Nguyen Binh said that the set of boards currently preserved at the temple includes many sets of scriptures, including the Four Parts of the Law; The sage and the cause of the scriptures…, these are boards made from wood and used by ancient artisans to print sutras.

In terms of the value of the carved planks, it has been confirmed that the temple has a tradition of printing famous scriptures in a region. Although the engraved board is preserved in a wooden cabinet, it has undergone improper preservation time, so many panels have been damaged by termites, moreover, many panels are still overlapping each other, which is easy to chip. Therefore, in the near future, the temple plans to adjust and preserve according to standards, in order to prolong the life of documents.

With the desire to preserve and promote the value of the sutra printing boards as well as to be grateful for the merits of the ancestors who worked hard to carve the printed sutra boards, in the coming time, the temple will correct and preserve the documents scientifically. the remaining printed boards to prolong the life of this set of boards. Besides, Venerable Thich Nguyen Binh wishes to reprint a set to study and exploit the value of the content of this sutra. It is also a way to show gratitude to the ancestors who have preserved for many years and left it for posterity.

According to Culture Newspaper

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