Architectura Sinica

Qixia Monastery, Ming Zhengjun bei 明徵君碑


  • Ming Sengshao Stele (English)
  • 明徵君碑 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 明征君碑 (Simplified Chinese)
  • míngzhēngjūnbēi (Pinyin)
  • ming-chêng-chün-pei (Wade-Giles)
  • Qixia Monastery Ming Sengshao Stele (English)
  • 棲霞寺明徵君碑 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 栖霞寺明征君碑 (Simplified Chinese)


  • Coordinates:
    • Lat. 32.152383,° Long. 118.958639°
  • Building Information

    Ming Sengshao Stele is at the entrance of Qixia Monastery. It was set up by Tang Emperor Gaozong in year 676 to commemorate the recluse Ming Sengshao 明僧紹 (Li 2010, 34). The tablet has a height of 2.74 meters, a width of 1.21 meters, and a thickness of 0.36 meters (Li 2015, 59). Tang Gaozong composed the inscription on the tablet, and it was later written down by the calligrapher and lieutenant Gao Zhengchen. The inscription is written in running script and is framed in four-six parallel prose. The whole passage contains 2376 characters (2363 of which are extant) and documents the life story of Ming Sengshao (Li 2015, 60; Li 2010, 35).1

    明徵君碑位於棲霞寺寺門前,由唐高宗為紀念隱士明僧紹於676年建立(Li 2010,34)。碑高2.74米,寬1.21米,厚0.36米(Li 2015,59)。碑文由唐高宗撰寫、書法家衛尉少卿高正臣書寫。通篇為四六韻文,由行書體書寫,共2376字,現存2363字,內容記載了明僧紹的生平事跡(Li 2015,60;Li 2010,35)。1

    Date Founded in 676
    Dynasty Tang 618-907 2

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    • 1 李. 2015. 天下四绝 : 佛教的海内四大名刹, 59-60.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; 李. 2010. 栖霞寺, 34-35.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
    • 2 WILKINSON. 2000. Chinese History: A Manual, 12.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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    ZHANG Xuliang 張序亮, “Qixia Monastery, Ming Zhengjun bei明徵君碑 .” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published January 7, 2022.

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