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By Erik Zürcher, Jonathan A. Silk

Buddhism in China gathers jointly for the 1st time the main relevant and influential papers of the nice pupil of chinese language Buddhism, Erik Zürcher, featuring the result of his career-long profound reports following at the 1959 ebook of his landmark The Buddhist Conquest of China. the interpretation and language of Buddhist scriptures in China, Buddhist interactions with Daoist traditions, the actions of Buddhists lower than elite social degrees, endured interactions with principal Asia and lands to the west, and typological comparisons with Christianity are just a few of the subject matters explored the following. providing probably the most vital stories on Buddhism in China, specifically within the previous classes, ever released, it is going to hence be of curiosity to a large choice of readers.

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Van der Veere, eds. (Groningen: Egbert Forsten, 1995). ” © Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association 12 (1977): 177–203. LATE HAN VERNACULAR ELEMENTS IN THE EARLIEST BUDDHIST TRANSLATIONS Between 148 CE, the year in which the first known translator of Buddhist texts, the Parthian missionary An Shigao 安世高, arrived in the Later Han capital of Luoyang, and the final downfall of the Han dynasty in 220 CE, about a dozen foreign Buddhist masters, assisted by their Chinese or sinicized assistants, are known to have produced a considerable number of religious texts for the benefit of their Chinese converts.

Swiss Asian Studies. Research Studies 8 (Bern: Peter Lang): 29–46. , The World of Buddhism (New York: Facts on File. Reprint: NY: Thames and Hudson, 1995): 193–211. H. Beck, 1989): 215–251. Trans. Siglinde Dietz. ” Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Comptes Rendus des séances de l’année 1985 Juillet–Octobre, 477–492. 414a–421a. 17-a: Reprinted in Joseph M. Kitagawa and Mark D. , Buddhism in Asian History (New York: Macmillan, 1989): 139–150. , Storia delle religioni—4. Religioni dell’India e dell’Estremo Oriente (Bari: Editori Laterza, 1996): 369–410.

In all such cases it appears that the original formulas have been rendered by rough approximations in which there is no sign of distortion due to the Indian original. The third factor, artificial reduction or expansion caused by the tendency to impose a four-syllable prosodic pattern upon the text, may be a serious source of disturbance. There are, however, many texts in which this danger does not exist, since they show no trace of any attempt at rhythmization. As a matter of principle, in the following analysis no feature has been included if it is not corroborated by evidence from clearly non-prosodic texts.

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