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Forest of Pearls From The Dharma Garden Volume V


A Forest of Pearls presents a comprehensive and distinctive reading of the Buddhist canon focused on practice, and offers an extraordinarily rich account of Buddhist practices. The principal practice of “paying respect to,” or worshiping, the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha) occupies an important place in the collection.


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A Forest of Pearls from the Dharma Garden (Fayuan zhulin, T. 2122) is a large anthology of

thematically arranged excerpts from Buddhist canonical sources and historical records, attributed to

the seventh century monk Daoshi. Most of the scriptural passages were taken from Indian Buddhist

scriptures translated into Chinese; the settings of their narratives are for the most part Indian. The

historical records excerpted in the collection are of Chinese origin, and their settings are Chinese. In

addition, a set of miracle stories is appended at the end of each chapter, devoted to one of the one

hundred topics around which the collection is organized. These ganying yuan, “stories of cosmic

responses,” about events reported in China correlate to specific scriptural accounts set in India, and

carry the distinct message that the occurrence of such miraculous events illustrate the efficacy in

China of the practices described in scriptures. The principal sources for these miracle stories were

collections of monastic biographies and a variety of miracle story collections.


The translation of the complete text of the Fayuan zhulin will be published in multiple volumes.

Volumes I–III, translated by Koichi Shinohara, were published in 2019–2020. Volume IV, translated by

Harumi Ziegler, was published in 2020. Volume V, translated by Harumi Ziegler, includes Fascicles

28–34, Chapters 20–29.

Additional information

Dimensions9.5 × 6.5 × 1.5 in
Publishing Date2022
TranslatorHarumi Ziegler