By Chou Hsiang-Kuang
Prof. Chou Hsiang-Kuang who has been dwelling in India for
a variety of years has positioned the folks of India less 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 understanding Prof. Chou*for some
years, and that i respect hjs extensive studying of either chinese language and Indian
affairs together with historical past of—Chinese and Buddhistic inspiration. He
has almost made India his domestic, having served the college of
Delhi for a few years as a Professor of background, and in addition various
other associations, Governmental and another way; and now he's teaching
Chinese within the college of Allahabad. the current paintings gives
a very targeted survey of the historical past of Buddhism in China. There
are already a few reliable 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 members, together with the unfold of Buddhism
in China. Prof. Chou’s paintings covers the complete box, and it
is even more certain than the other publication that i do know on the
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He would live in human society, for the sake of the resolution of men’s spiritual problems. Tao-an wished to be born with Maitreya in the Tusita heaven so as to be above worldly affairs. In A p reface to V im a la k irti S u tra written by Seug-jui, tho disciple of Tao-an states th it he (Tao-an) used to meditate on tho problems of life in front of tho imago of Maitreya Buddha, searching for their solution. The M em oirs o f E m in en t P riests states that Tao-an once had a dream in which he met an Indian monk with white hair and long board and bushy eyebrows.
He became a Buddhist monk early in his life, and was truly a great propagator of Buddhism in ancient China. D. BUDDHISM DURING TIIE LAST AGE UF THE HAN DYNASTY Buddhism thus came to China in the beginning, through Central Asia. Buddhism of the Han dynasty emanated from Yuch-chi, I’arthia and other western states. In the last period of the Han dynasty, Buddhism spread all over China. According to the Book o f the L a tte r H a n D ynasty, the Emperor Huang Ti, in the Latter Han dynasty, built a monastery for the worship of the Buddha and Loa-tze.
To learn and preach them, he followed his master to Central Asia, travelled through many states, learnt 36 languages and collected a good number of manuscript. He was back in China in 28J» A. ” It is not possible either to give an aocout of his works or even enumerate his translations. According to A Catalogue o f E xa m in ed B u d d h ist T e x ts there are 150 translated works by him; accordidg t j the Record Cencerning the Three P recious Things under Successive D ynasties two hundred and eleven; whereas A C atalogu o f the Teaching o f S a kya m u n i, in the K a i-yu a n P eriod counts one hundred and twenty-five words ‘con taining throe hundred and fifty-four of his fascicules.