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.