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Wutai Shan

(wo͞o-tī shän), mountain range, extending c.150 mi (240 km) across NE Shanxi and NW Hebei prov., NE China. The mountains, rising to c.10,035 ft (3,058 m), are sacred to Buddhists and contain monasteries frequented by pilgrims.

Wut’ai Shan


a mountain range in East China, in Shansi Province. The range is approximately 170 km long, and the maximum elevation is 2,894 m. Wut’ai Shan is composed primarily of sedimentary limestones and sandstones and igneous rocks. The tops of its peaks are flat, and the slopes are steep. The broad-leaved and pine forests of the range have been almost entirely cleared away. There are numerous Buddhist monasteries on the summits of Wut’ai Shan.

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It was against this background of the late Ming succession that envoys were dispatched to pray on famous mountains, Mount Wutai and Wudang included.
Miaofeng Fudeng [??] (1540-1612) was a significant player in the two events taking place at Mount Wutai, and he would prove to be Deqing's lifelong friend.
Third, in contrast, Cisheng dispatched eunuchs to Mount Wutai to obtain help from Buddhist monks, for the benefit of Lady Wang.
In addition to the considerable merits that a Great Equal Assembly was generally believed to create, holding such an assembly at Mount Wutai had additional meaning for Deqing.
The Fonguozhongxin temple and the ironically-named Temple of the God of Wealth have had their business licenses revoked and are currently being investigated by the Mount Wutai Administration Bureau.
Some may say cheating tourists out of a few extra dollars is not a big deal, and may even be common in especially tourist-heavy areas like Mount Wutai, but the problem of the fake monks is also thay they have turned physically dangerous in the past.
"We will continue to regulate temples and shops on Mount Wutai to display a good image to tourists," the director of the Mount Wutai Administration Bureau said to Xinhua.
Mount Wutai, literally the five-terrace mountain, is a sacred Buddhist mountain with five flat peaks.
Mount Wutai, located in Shanxi Province, is the highest mountain in northern China and is remarkable for its morphology characterized by precipitous sides with five open treeless peaks.
The universe of the poetry of Mount Wutai reflects the magic and mystery of medieval Chinese Buddhism, with auspicious birds and roaring lions, holy lamps that fly through the air and divine bells that sound without being struck.
The theory of the three periods of the Buddha's teachings, particularly the belief that the period of the Final Dharma had begun, lent an urgency to the medieval Chinese pilgrims' wish to experience the transformation and manifestation of the bodhisattva Manjusri on Mount Wutai. Even if Buddhist teachings could not be easily obtained or understood, the pilgrim could still be rescued from the cycle of birth and death by a visit to the bodhisattva's gold-colored world, or pure land.
Therefore it is not surprising that the Buddhist concept of the pure lands or buddha lands also occurs as a theme in the Mount Wutai poems.