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The Collection for the Propagation and Clarification of Buddhism, Vol. I


This is Volume I of The Collection for the Propagation and Clarification of Buddhism, widely known as an invaluable source to examine the early development of Chinese Buddhism and how this foreign religion was accepted and adopted in Chinese society. A notable aspect of this work is that Buddhist tenets are explained using Confucian and Daoist terminology. While the Collection is a Buddhist work from chiefly the fourth and fifth centuries, it also serves well as a primary source for studies of contemporary Daoism.

Volume I comprises fascicles 1-7 of the text; Volume II includes remaining fascicles 8-14.

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As noted in the Translator’s Introduction, Sengyou believed that “The Way is propagated by people, and the teaching is clarified by literature.”


Taishō 2102

Volume 52

This work is a compilation by the Vinaya master Shi Sengyou (445–518) of discourses, correspondence, reports to the emperor, family codes, written appeals by Buddhist laypeople and monks, and responses to Anti-Buddhist critiques, dating from the Eastern Jin dynasty (317–420) through the mid sixth century of the Liang Dynasty (502-557). These writings were intended to protect the Buddhist Dharma from criticisms by Confucians and Daoists and the political powers of the time, as well as in order to promulgate Buddhism. By collecting literary works from distinctive scholars of former ages that were intended to dispel wrong views toward Buddhism, Sengyou hoped to disperse doubts in his own time.

Ch. Hongming ji (弘明集), compiled by Shi Sengyou. 14 fascicles.

Additional information

Dimensions9.5 × 6.5 × 1.3 in
Publishing Date2015
AuthorSengyou, as Compiler
TranslatorHarumi Hirano Ziegler