A History Of Chinese Buddhism by Chou Hsiang-Kuang

By Chou Hsiang-Kuang

Prof. Chou Hsiang-Kuang who has been residing in India for
a variety of years has positioned the folks of India less than a debt of
gratitude for this paintings which used to be released in 1956 in its English
version. i've got had the privilege of understanding Prof. Chou*for some
years, and that i respect hjs large studying of either chinese language and Indian
affairs together with background of—Chinese and Buddhistic idea. He
has almost made India his domestic, having served the collage of
Delhi for a few years as a Professor of historical past, and in addition various
other associations, Governmental and another way; and now he's teaching
Chinese within the collage of Allahabad. the current paintings gives
a very specific survey of the heritage of Buddhism in China. There
are already a few strong and authoritative works at the subject
by ecu and Indian students, and the Handbooks by way of the late
Prof. Phanindra Nath Basu and overdue Dr. Prabodh Chandra Bagchi
are renowned in India. Prof. Basu gave an account of the Indian
scholars who went to China, and Dr. Bagchi’s paintings provides a General
Survey of Sino-Indian family, together with the unfold of Buddhism
in China. Prof. Chou’s paintings covers the whole box, and it
is even more designated than the other ebook that i do know on the
subject

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He came to China at tho time of the Emperor Huai Ti’s reign of the Tsin dynasty (307-312 A. ), but on account of the disturbances in *the north China, which then prevailed, ho went to the south, and lived there at Nanking from 317 to 323 A. D. During that time he translated several esotorie mantra books. His main work is the S u tra of M aha M aurya-vidya-rajnl, which laid down the foundation of Yogacara Sect of Chinese Buddhism. Buddhadana:—He was a native of Central Asia. This however, is controversial for, according to the M em oirs o f E m in e n t P rie sts it appears that he was born in the district of Kiue-tzo.

W hm Tao-an arrived at Hsiang-yang, ho lived at the White Horse Monastery (305 A. ), and later moved to the Monastery of Tan Stream. During this time there was a big war between Ch’in and Yen states of northwestern China, but Hsiang-yaug had been enjoying a short time of peace. Tao-an stayed on in Hsiang-yang for fifteen years, from 365 A. D. to 379 A. D. When the Tartar general Fu-p’ei conquered Hsiangyang, Tao-an left the place and reached Chang-an. Tao-an did more for the spread of Buddhism here than ho could have done in north China.

The first Chinese was Chu Shih-hsing who left China for Khotan in the year 26 27 BUDDHISM IN THREE KINGDOMS 260 A. D . , wher*j he copied a Prajna Sutra which consists of 90 volumes known in Chinese as P ankavim sati-sahasrikaprajqa-p&ramit&. According to A Collection o f the Re­ cords of T ranslations o f the T rip ita ka , Chu Shih-hsing, who became a Buddhist monk, devoted himself to Buddhist transla­ tions in the 5th year of Emperor Yuan Ti’s reign of tho Wei King­ dom (260 A. ). Ilis work at Khotan consisted of copying 90 volumes of Sanskrit sutra, containing more than 600,000 words.

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