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Prof. Chou Hsiang-Kuang who has been residing in India for
a variety of years has put the folk of India below a debt of
gratitude for this paintings which was once released in 1956 in its English
version. i've got had the privilege of realizing Prof. Chou*for some
years, and that i appreciate hjs large studying of either chinese language and Indian
affairs together with background of—Chinese and Buddhistic idea. He
has almost made India his domestic, having served the college of
Delhi for a few years as a Professor of heritage, 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 designated survey of the historical past of Buddhism in China. There
are already a couple of sturdy and authoritative works at the subject
by ecu and Indian students, and the Handbooks via 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 offers a General
Survey of Sino-Indian family members, together with the unfold of Buddhism
in China. Prof. Chou’s paintings covers the total box, and it
is even more unique than the other e-book that i do know on the

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They were propagated and introduced into south China by Hui-yuan, who founded a new school called the Lotus School. I t played a great role in the early history of Buddhism in China. (1 ) E a r ly L ife o f H u i-yu a n , ’Hui-yuan (with surname 40 A HISTORY Of CHINESE BObDHlSSt Chia) was bom iu (534 A. ) In Yen-men. He was an ardent student of Confucianism and learnt Lao-tze’s teachings too. When he was thirteen years old, he followed his uncle on a visit to the district of Xo-yang and Hsu-chow.

He followed his master on the hard journey, but was evertaken by illness and died at Cochin at the age of 31. His exact dates are unknown. . Yu Fa-lan’s another disciple was Yu Fa-kai, established the theory of stored impressions. He said that the Threefold world is the abodo of the Long Night, and the mind and consciousness are the source of tho great dream. The wholo phenomenal existence which we now perceive are the apparitions of that dream. When we awaken from it and tho long night gives way today, the consciousness which gives rise to illusion becomes extinguished and tho Threefold world is all empty.

Besides these, other important works of Fu-nien’s are S u tra o f V in a ya n id a n a and A va d a n a Sfitra. It is learnt that Funien translated twelve books consisting seventy-four volumes. There were a large number of Buddhist scholars who came to China from Kashmir in this period. Among them the names of 'Sahghabhuti, Dharmanandi, and Sanghadeva were well known in these two countries and they were contemporaries of Tao-an, whose teachings influenced them. SaAghabuti, who was a native of Kashmir, csme to Chan-an in the 17th year of Chien-yuan’s reign of the Former Ch’in dynasty of the Fu family in North China (381 A.

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