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Chinese Fables
Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (地藏王菩薩) is believed to have six incarnations but Buddhist sutras record only three.
 
Taoism adopts quite a number of Buddhist deities, including bodhisattvas. One best example of Buddhism-Taoism "confusion" is Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (地藏王菩薩) known also as Fengdu da-di (酆都大地) or Great Emperor of Fengdu, who presides over the Hades. He is also known as Yanlo-wang (閻羅王), the king of Hell.
 
The Saddharma-Pundarika (妙法蓮華經) or the Lotus of the Good Law Sutra is filled, as it is, with supposed discourses of the Buddha on Vulture Peak near Bodhi-gaya.
 
The most popular Mahayana Buddhist school is that of Pure Land (淨土). It appeals to the common people who wish to get to heaven without studiously studying sutras.
 
Followed by his forces, Mara will come down to where Maitreya is seated on the Diamond throne. The forces are ten times heavier than Earth, fierce and dangerous.
 
One great teaching of the Buddha is that everything in the universe -- including gods, men, beasts and all sentient beings -- is in a state of constant flux.
 
One Buddha most popularly recognized in China is Maitreya (彌勒佛), the Buddha of the future.
 
On his way back to China, Qiu Chu-qi (丘處機) was given all the courtesies and honors befitting the grand patriarch of all Taoists in Genghis Khan's domains.
 
Qiu Chu-qi (丘處機) and his eighteen disciples left their home base in Qixia (棲霞) in Shandong in 1219 for Great Snow Mountain (大雪山) in present-day Afghanistan where Genghis Khan was staying with his army on an expedition to the West.
 
Qiu Chu-qi (丘處機) started practicing Taoist asceticism at the age of 18. He became a disciple of Wang Chong-yang (王重陽), the founder of the "All True" school.
 
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