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Flower of Chinese Buddhism

Daisaku Ikeda

The introduction of Buddhism to China is a fascinating story of the meeting of two great civilizations: India, the land of the Buddha’s birth, and China, where Buddhism was transformed into a world religion and from where the Buddhist scriptures eventually spread to Japan.

Picking up where his earlier volume, The Living Buddha, leaves off, Ikeda gives narrative to Buddhist missionaries and translators, the first Chinese Buddhist leaders, the development of distinctly Chinese schools of Buddhism, and the eventual decline of Buddhism in China after the tenth century. He describes the career and achievements of Kumarajiva, famed for his renditions of the sutras, among them the Lotus Sutra, and the philosophical treatises that form the core of East Asian Buddhist literature.

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