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Buddhism in China by Haicheng Ling

By Haicheng Ling

This booklet, divided into 5 components, explains the foundation 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 historical and modern day China.

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In the 2nd-3rd centuries, all Chinese monks were not officially ordained. This situation was discovered by Dharmakala, an Indian monk, who came to Luoyang in 250 and prompted him to translate the rules and disciplines established with Buddhism. This book thus became the basis for Chinese monks for ordination. The theoretical founder of the Lu Sect was Hui Guang,who wrote "Commentaries on Dharmagupta-Vinaya". But the real founder was Dao Xuan (580-651). With his secular surname of Tie, Dao Xuan was born in Huzhou of Zhejiang Province.

Caotang Temple was originally the temple o f the first K patriarch of San Lun Sect. It is located in Huxian County, Shaanxi Province. It was a place where Kumarajiva translated Buddhist scriptures and his relic tower is still inside the temple. But the fifth Huayan patriarch Guifeng Sectmi lived in the temple. So it is also regarded as the temple of the first patriarch o f Huayan Sect. There is a well in the temple, which gives out mists during autumn and winter, which has been regarded as a miracle.

E. e. e. e. Vimalakirti Sutra and Dasabhumikavibhasa. Before Kumarajiva died, he proclaimed that if his translation was in accord with the genuine principles of Buddhism, his tongue would be intact and not turn to ash. After incineration of his body, the tongue was found to remain intact. King Yao Xing quite appreciated Kumarajiva. He said that Kumarajiva was clever and superbly enlightened, unique in the world. In order to let him have offspring, he forced him to accept ten women and live a secular life.

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