Ji Jang Bosal 지장보살 – Chanting for the deceased

Korean temple compounds include a special hall dedicated to Ji Jang Bosal.

In India he is known as Ksitigarbha, in China as Dizang 地蔵, in Korea as Jijang Bosal 지장보살, and in Japan as Jizo Bosatsu.

Ji Jang Bosal is said to have vowed as a young man to go to the lowest hell to help his mother after she died. Ji Jang Bosal is thought to help the deceased, especially children, and in some cultures, travelers as well.

During memorial services Buddhists chant Ji Jang Bosal’s name to assist with grieving and to help the deceased in their transition.

This Gilt-bronze Seated Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva wears a hempen hood, which is the style of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva of the late Goryeo Dynasty. (Treaure 280)  The left hand holds a small wagon wheel, and the right hand has the thumb and middle finger together.


Korean Cultural Heritage Treasure 280: Gilt-bronze Seated Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva at Dosoram Hermitage of Seonunsa Temple, Gochang

Ji Jang Bosal is usually portrayed with a shaved head, often colored green. The pilgrim monk holds a staff with six jingling rings to announce his friendly approach and a jewel in the other. The “Dharma Jewel” has calming light which banishes all fear.


325 ft statue JiJang Bosal  신라 출신 99m ‘지장보살’ 동상

Coming empty-handed, going empty-handed— that is human. When you are born, where do you come from? When you die, where do you go? Life is like a floating cloud which appears. Death is like a floating cloud which disappears.


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2 Responses to Ji Jang Bosal 지장보살 – Chanting for the deceased

  1. Chul Moon says:

    Hur hur—!! Julia is smarter than us. We do not know clearly about that. Awesome!!!


    • jreidy17 says:

      I learn only a tiny bit, from far away. I probably get many things wrong. However, I am curious, so I keep seeking knowledge. Chulmoon is a good teacher for me.


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