The Longmen Grottoes, located on bothsides of the Yi River to the south of the ancient capital of Luoyang, Henan province, comprise more than 2,300 caves and niches carved into the steep limestone cliffs over a 1km long stretch. These contain almost 110,000 Buddhist stone statues, more than 60 stupas and 2,800 inscriptions carved on steles.
The Longmen Grottoes, a Buddhist cave complex located 13 kilometers south of Luoyang in China's Henan province, form some of the most significant and exquisite representations of ancient Chinese stone...
The Longmen Relics Care Agency was established in 1953 under the Ministry of Culture. A 1954 site inventory was undertaken by the newly established Longmen Caves Cultural Relics Management and Conservation Office. The State Council declared the Longmen Grottoes as a national cultural monument needing special protection in 1961.
The Longmen cave-temple complex, located on both sides of the Yi River (south of the ancient capital of Luoyang), is an excellent site for understanding how rulers wielded this foreign religion to affirm assimilation and superiority.
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Longmen Grottoes is very large. If you intend to see this place in detail, you may need a few days. For us, we traveled from XiAn to LuoYang via high speed rail for a day trip so we decided to only cover the Western Hills Grottoes, XiangShan Temple (and Chiang Song villa), and the Bai Ju Yi cemetery.
The Longmen Lineage 4 12 [Since the characters of this poem are used in sequence to bestow the ordination names to each generation of Longmen masters, the poem in a way incorporates the whole Longmen lineage.] 13 [Daoshi is the most common, but also most generic, term that deﬁnes a “Taoist master.”]
Longmen (mythology), The Dragon Gate in Chinese mythology, located at the top of a waterfall cascading from a legendary mountain. Longmen Grottoes, collection of Buddhist cave art in Luoyang. Longmen Mountains, mountain range in Sichuan. Dragon Gate Taoism, also known as the Longmen lineage. Longmen County, Guangdong.
The large stone statue of Vairochana Buddha at Longmen was undoubtedly inspired by this text, newly translated into Chinese. It is also is believed to represent the Empress Wu herself, who in 672 had donated 20,000 strings of cash to begin the project, which would take another twenty plus years to complete.