Buddhism in China by Haicheng Ling

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By Haicheng Ling

This booklet, divided into 5 components, explains the starting place and unfold of the faith all through China. It additionally explains the 3 branches of Buddhism; "the Pali, Han and Tibetan"¡and their affects on either historic and modern day China.

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He received even more respect when Emperor Dai Zong ascended the throne. During this period, he translated a number of sutras, including the Tattvasamgraha and sutra of the benevolent King. The emperor wrote the preface to the sutras and promulgated them. On the day when the sutras were issued, auspicious clouds swept across the land and the whole country celebrated. Later, when the emperor summoned Amoghavajra to Wutai Mountain to preach Buddhism, a comet appeared in the . * pH I n 巨 ^° | | | I 5' 9 : sky.

O n ly 4 kilometers away from the Xi'an city proper, it was first built in the Sui Dynasty (58 丨 -6 丨 8)- At that time, it was named Wulou Temple. Later in AD 647 o f the Tang Dynasty, Li Zhi (who O Da Ci'en Temple in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, (he founding temple of Fa Xiang Sectbecame Emperor Tang ◎ Xingjiao Teiuple, an impoitant home of pauiurchs of Fa Xiang Sect. GaoSect in AD 649) ordered to rebuild this temple in memory of his late mother. Empress Wen De. It was a grand complex of building structures with a dozen courtyards and 2897 rooms and halls for monks.

His grandfather was a prominent scholar of the Northern Qi state and his father was a magistrate of Jiangling County. But his family was poor. Having been converted to Buddhism at an eariy age, he was fiilly ordained at the age of 21. When he was studying various sutras, he found many conflicting ideas and he decided to seek the original scriptures in Sanskrit. But his application to India in quest for Buddhist teachings was turned down by the imperial court. In 629, when a famine struck the country and the people fled their homeland to seek food, he mingled bimself among the hungry ChapterTVo Ha〒 Language Buddhism people and left Chang'an on his way to India.

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