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 put the folk of India lower than a debt of
gratitude for this paintings which was once released in 1956 in its English
version. i've got had the privilege of realizing Prof. Chou*for some
years, and that i respect hjs large studying of either chinese language and Indian
affairs together with historical past of—Chinese and Buddhistic concept. He
has almost made India his domestic, having served the college of
Delhi for a few years as a Professor of historical past, and in addition various
other associations, Governmental and differently; and now he's teaching
Chinese within the college of Allahabad. the current paintings gives
a very particular survey of the heritage of Buddhism in China. There
are already a few solid and authoritative works at the subject
by eu and Indian students, and the Handbooks via the late
Prof. Phanindra Nath Basu and overdue Dr. Prabodh Chandra Bagchi
are popular 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 relatives, together with the unfold of Buddhism
in China. Prof. Chou’s paintings covers the whole box, and it
is even more exact than the other ebook that i do know on the
subject

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In the 3rd year of the reign of the Emperor Wu Ti of the Tsin dynasty i. e. 282 A. D„ he sent his disciple back to Loyaug along with Sans­ krit texts. Chu Shih-hsiug’s journey to Khotan from Lo-yang covered more than 2,000 miles. He lived there for alxmt twenty years, and receivod the Buddhist holy books which were sent to China. He also died there; indeed he wished only for tho spread of Buddhist literature and was neglectful of his own life. More than 400 years after him, the Chinese pilgrim Hsuan-tsang wont to India in search of Buddhist texts, even as Chu Shih-hsing had done before him.

5. In the 1st year of the Hsin Bing period of the Emperor Mu Ti’s reign of the Tsin dynasty (357 A. ), Tao-an was forty-five years old, ho left Wu-i for Nanking where he stayed at Shou-tu Monastery. Afterwards ho went to Lu-hun, south of Lo-yang and stayed there for some time. 6. In the 3rd year of the Lung llo period of the Emperor Ai Ti’s reign of the Tsin dynasty (3G3 A. ), Tao-an was fifty-three y e a r s old, when the Tartar General Mu Jung-shih with his armies attacked Honan province, Tao-an left for Hsiaug-yaug.

There were a large number of Buddhist scholars who came to China from Kashmir in this period. Among them the names of 'Sahghabhuti, Dharmanandi, and Sanghadeva were well known in these two countries and they were contemporaries of Tao-an, whose teachings influenced them. SaAghabuti, who was a native of Kashmir, csme to Chan-an in the 17th year of Chien-yuan’s reign of the Former Ch’in dynasty of the Fu family in North China (381 A. ) He was an. expert in the doctaines of the Sarvastivadin School, and could reproduce from memory A bhidharm a-vibhasd S&stra.

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