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Āryadeva

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An early 2nd-century ce Madhyamaka master, and the foremost disciple of Nāgārjuna. Born in southern India or Sri Lanka.he composed a number of commentaries on the works of Nāgārjuna as well...

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Chi-tsang

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(549–623).

Buddhist teacher of the San-lun school, who wrote many commentaries on Sūtras and Mahāyāna texts. Of immense importance in the development of San-lun (Chin. for...

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Fa-lang

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(507–81).

Chinese master of the San-lun school ordained in 528 ce. His exposition of the San-lun teachings met with great success and his work was continued by his student...

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Madhyamaka

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(Skt.). The ‘Middle School’, a system of Buddhist philosophy founded by Nāgārjuna in the 2nd century ce which has been extremely influential within the Mahāyāna tradition of Buddhism (a...

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Nan-chʾuan Pʾu-yuan

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748–835).

Chʾan/Zen master, dharma-successor (hassu) of Ma-tsu Tao-i. From a study of Buddhist philosophy, Ma-tsu pointed him to enlightenment. In 795, he retired to a hut on Mount...

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Oxhead school

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One of the earliest identifiable divisions of the Ch'an school in China during the first half of the T'ang dynasty (618–907). This school was founded by Fa-jung (594–657), a monk whose...

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Pure Land schools

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A devotional form of Buddhism centring on the Buddha Amitābha (Skt.; Chin., O-mi-tʾo; Jap., Amida) and his transcendent realm known as Pure Land. Everything in Pure Land is conducive to ...

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Sanron

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(Jap.). One of the Six Schools of Nara Buddhism during the early history of Buddhism in Japan. The word is a Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese ‘San-lun’, and represented an effort to...

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Sengzhao

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(ad 384?–414)

Early Chinese interpreter of Buddhism. Allegedly overcome with pleasure on first reading the Vimalakirtinirdesha Sutra he eventually wrote various essays exalting...

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Shan-tao

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(613–81).

A Chinese monk who pioneered Pure Land thought and practice in the area around the northern capitals during the T'ang dynasty. He entered the order of monks as a young...

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Six Schools of Nara Buddhism

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Six Buddhist schools which developed in Japan during the Nara period. (1) The Sanron school focused on San-lun teachings; (2) the Kegon school took up Hua-yen studies; (3) the Ritsu school...

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Wŏnhyo

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(618–86).

Korean Buddhist scholarmonk. Wŏnhyo founded the Punhwang (or Haedong) subsect of the Hwaŏm (Hua-yen) sect, integrated various Buddhist thoughts through his notion of the...

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