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crashinglybeautiful: Portrait of the Bodhisattva Guanyin (7th Century), Dunhuang Caves, Northeastern China Photo by Tony Law, June 2010 Issue of National Geographic. More here. (via sharanam)

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"He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened." —Lao-tzu (Buddhist Painting from Dunhuang) ..*

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China’s Amazing Caves of a Thousand Buddhas (Mogao Caves)

The Mogao Caves (Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, or the Caves of Dunhuang) are an intricate complex of Buddhist temples inside caves near the city of Dunhuang in Gansu province, China.

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The Mogao Caves or Mogao Grottoes , also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas , form a system of 492 temples 25 km (16 mi) southeast of the center of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China. The caves may also be known as the Dunhuang Caves, however, this term also include other Buddhist cave sites in the Dunhuang area, such as the Western Thousand Buddha Caves, and the Yulin Caves farther away.

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Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road 敦煌莫高窟 | Getty360 Calendar

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Dunhuang Mogao Cave 435, the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534) Heavenly Music and Dancing murals.

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