Monday, June 20, 2011

Exhibition marks 1,000th anniversary of First Tripitaka

This year marks the 1,000th year of the engraving “Chojo Daejanggyeong” (the First Edition of the Tripitaka Koreana), on which work was begun in 1011, during the second year of the reign of King Hyeonjong, and completed in 1087 in the Goryeo Kingdom (918-1392).

Tripitaka refers to a collection of Buddhist sutra known as the records of Buddha’s teaching. It was the second Tripitaka translated into Chinese characters in the world and it retains historical value as it includes a vast amount of content as the longest Chinese-language scriptures.

Chojo Daejanggyeong is the first Tripitaka in Korea, which was made to repel the Khitan invaders in the 11th century. It was stored in Heungwang Temple and moved to Buin Temple. Only the printed papers exist as the woodblocks were destroyed by Mongolian troops in 1232.

Palman Daejanggyeong (Tripitaka Koreana) stored in Haein Temple and designated as a UNESCO’s Memory of the World was manufactured after Chojo Daejanggyeong had been lost.

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