By Chou Hsiang-Kuang

Prof. Chou Hsiang-Kuang who has been dwelling in India for
a variety of years has put the folk 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 figuring out Prof. Chou*for some
years, and that i respect hjs broad studying of either chinese language and Indian
affairs together with heritage of—Chinese and Buddhistic notion. He
has almost made India his domestic, having served the college of
Delhi for a few years as a Professor of background, and likewise various
other associations, Governmental and differently; and now he's teaching
Chinese within the college of Allahabad. the current paintings gives
a very targeted survey of the heritage of Buddhism in China. There
are already a couple of stable and authoritative works at the subject
by eu and Indian students, and the Handbooks through 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 family, together with the unfold of Buddhism
in China. Prof. Chou’s paintings covers the whole box, and it
is even more unique than the other ebook that i do know on the
subject

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F aith in P u r e L and. According to the “Life sketch of Tao-an” written by Hui-cliiao, Tao-an used to accompany his dis­ ciples like Fa-yu to the image of Maitreya to take an oath that they aspired to live in the Tusita heaven. A t this time, the BUDDHISM IN THE EASTERN TSIN DYNASTY 41 Tartar chief of North China, General Fu-chien, sent a portrait of Maitreya to Hsiang-yang because Tao-an was devoted to Maitreya Buddha. ” Maitreya Buddha, the Buddhist' messiah or the next Buddha now in the Tusita heaven was to come 5,000 years after the Nirvana of Sakyamuni or, according to au another reckoning, after 4,000 heavenly years, i.

He preferred to live on tho hills and used to stay with Chu Fa-hu in the Monastery of Chang-an Hills. * Latter he wont to Yen district, famous for its beautiful landscapes. After sometime spent there, the thought occurod to him that, though the Dharma had spread to a very great extent in tho country, there was still a lack of true knowledge of the sutras and sastras. § Thus, in quest of this knowledge, he started towards Central Asia, but unfortuna­ tely met his death at Ilsiang-lin. Yu Tao-sui, belonging to Tung-huang district, become a monk just at tho age of sixteen years, under the influence of Yu Fa-lan.

He translated a text D h a rm a g u p ta n ika ya ka rm a n into Chinese. 4. CDharmabhadra) was a Parthian who worked for the spread of Buddhist literature in the Wei kingdom. After the Latter Han dynasty till the period of Throe Kingdoms not only did many Buddhist monks come over to China from western country of India and devote themselves to Buddhism, but the Chinese people also went to India in search of Buddhist texts. The first Chinese was Chu Shih-hsing who left China for Khotan in the year 26 27 BUDDHISM IN THREE KINGDOMS 260 A.

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