Buddhist lessons for a young master

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Buddhist lessons for a young master

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Name: Frontispiece of the Avatamsaka Sutra

Period: Goryeo 1350

Location: The National Museum of Korea

Status: National Treasure No. 48

The Frontispiece of the Avatamsaka Sutra was copied by hand. Before printing was invented, this was the only way to reproduce Buddhist scripture. But after printing was invented, sutras were copied as a way to learn Buddhism and accumulate good karma.

The text was usually shown with a painting that depicts the important stories in the scripture.

The Frontispiece of the Avatamsaka Sutra depicts a scene in which Seonjaedonja, a young man who is on a Buddhist pilgrimage, meets Samantabhadra, a Buddhist master. Samantabhadra is shown preaching a sermon with Seonjaedonja listening.

*The photos and text for Treasure Trove are provided by the National Museum of Korea. For more information, call (02) 2077-9000 or visit www.museum.go.kr.

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