By Chou Hsiang-Kuang
Prof. Chou Hsiang-Kuang who has been residing in India for
a variety of years has positioned the folk of India lower 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 realizing Prof. Chou*for some
years, and that i respect hjs broad studying of either chinese language and Indian
affairs together with background of—Chinese and Buddhistic suggestion. He
has nearly made India his domestic, having served the college of
Delhi for a few years as a Professor of heritage, and likewise various
other associations, Governmental and in a different way; and now he's teaching
Chinese within the college of Allahabad. the current paintings gives
a very distinctive survey of the background of Buddhism in China. There
are already a few solid and authoritative works at the subject
by eu and Indian students, and the Handbooks by means of the late
Prof. Phanindra Nath Basu and past due 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 offers a General
Survey of Sino-Indian family, together with the unfold of Buddhism
in China. Prof. Chou’s paintings covers the total box, and it
is even more designated than the other booklet that i do know on the
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It was l’indolabhardvaja, the first of sixteen Arhats. According to the Journal of Asiatique, 1916, Leviet Chavaunos, Les seuo Arahat states that Tindola-bhardvaja was not destined to attain Nirvana, but to live in tho finite, impermanent world to holp human obtain enlightenment. 'This was his duty according to Maitreya’s doctrine. (3) Tao-an’s T ra n sla tio n o f T e x ts at Chang~an. Tao-an, a jcoinpained by his disciple Tao-li, arrived in Chaug-an in the 4th year of the T’ai Yuan poriod of the Emperor Hsiao Wu Ti’s reign of the Tsin dynasty (379 A.
He was also the author of a book called H aing K 'u n g L u n or Treaties on the E m p tin ess o f the M a tu re (o f Things). “Though this has been lost, its main idea, judging from what Chi-tsang says, would seem to be that all the different Dharmas are in their original nature void and empty”. Lo-yang was an important centre where the work of translation of Buddhist text went on during the Han and the Wei dynasties. When the priest Chu Fa-hu was selected to translate the texts, Chang-an also became a centre.
Tao-an thought that Sramanas should have only one family name after &akyamuni, as ho is the founder of Buddhism. Ta >an afterwards discovered from Ebottara-cLggmft that just as tho four rivers fall into the sea, and lose their names bang merged in the sea, no longer was th 3re any need so also for tho origiual mam e to rem lin. Thus all the four Indian clans of Sramanas, could derive their name from &akyamuni. ” C. 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.