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Volume II continues ithis expansive anthology—with excerpts from Buddhist canonical sources and historical records—presenting Fascicles 8-12 of the work's 100 fascicles in all. Contents focus on the variety of Buddhist practice and are organized by theme. 

Large Anthology on Buddhist Practice


This major collection offers a comprehensive and distinctive reading of the Buddhist canon at the time of its composition (Seventh century CE). Because the work includes Chinese passages from mainly Indic sources, and the Indic sources are often no longer available, the work rescues scripture that would otherwise be lost to history.

Volume II includes fascicles 8–12 (Chapter 5). Volume I, previously published, presents Fascicles 1–7 (Chapters 1–4). In the near future, a third volume will follow covering Fascicles 13-20. All three of these volumes are translated by Professor Shinohara. The remaining 80 fascicles of this large text are being translated by additional scholars and will be published in sequential volumes over the next several years.

Taishō 2122

Volume 53

A Forest of Pearls from the Dharma Garden

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. A comprehensive and distinctive reading of the Buddhist canon, A Forest of Pearls presents an extraordinarily rich account of Buddhist practices.


Ch. Fayuan zhulin (法苑珠林), compiled by Daoshi (道世). 100 fascicles.

Translator(s): Koichi Shinohara (Volumes I-III)

Table of Contents

A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka    NUMATA Yehan    v
Editorial Foreword     Kennet K. Tanaka    vii
Publisher’s Foreword     A. Charles Muller    ix
Tranaslator's Introduction     Koichi Shinohara     xiii

A Forest of Pearls from the Dharma Garden, Volume II

Fascicle 8
     Chapter Five. One Thousand Buddhas   3
Fascicle 9
     Chapter Five (continued). One Thousand Buddhas (continued)   53
Fascicle 10
     Chapter Five (continued). One Thousand Buddhas (continued)   103
Fascicle 11
     Chapter Five (continued). One Thousand Buddhas (continued)   163
Fascicle 12
     Chapter Five (continued). One Thousand Buddhas (continued)   193

Bibliography   243
Index   245
A List of the Volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka (First Series)   271