[National Treasure] Avatamsaka Sutra, Zhou Version, Volume 36
Name: Avatamsaka Sutra (The Flower Garland Sutra), Zhou Version, Volume 36
Period: Goryeo (918-1392)
Location: Jung District, central Seoul
Status: National Treasure No. 204
Daebanggwangbul Avatamsaka Sutra is also called by its shortened name the Avatamsaka Sutra.
Along with the Lotus Sutra, this principal scripture of the Avatamsaka Sutra is one of the books that had the greatest influence in the establishment of Korean Buddhist philosophy.
This is Book No. 36 among the 80 books translated by Siksananda of the Tang Dynasty of China.
The book is produced by woodblock printing on mulberry paper joined together in a row and designed to be stored in the form of a scroll.
The scroll is 1253.3 centimeters (493.4 inches) long and 29.8 centimeters wide.
Compared to Book No. 6 of Jin Version of Daebanggwangbul Avatamsaka Sutra (National Treasure No. 685) published under King Sukjong of the Goryeo Dynasty, it has slightly larger letter type and woodblocks.
At the beginning of the book is a painting describing the summary of the scripture.
The painting has a similar composition to the copy kept at Haein Temple, but the former is much more exquisite than the latter.
This seems to be the oldest piece of work among the ones known to date.
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