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A minor school of Buddhism during its early period in China.which focused on the study of the Abhidharma-kośa by the Indian sage Vasubandhu, translated into Chinese by Paramārtha between 563 and 567. This text, usually seen by the Chinese as a Hīnayāna work, was Vasubandhu's attempt to synthesize the Abhidharma thought of the Sarvāstivāda school of north India.and deals with all aspects of Buddhist psychology and metaphysics. The school always had a tenuous existence, and by 703 the imperial court registered specialists in this text as belonging to the Fa-hsiang school. However, it did flourish during a time when Japan actively sought Buddhist teachings and texts, and it was transmitted to that country as the ‘Kusha school’, one of the Six Schools of Nara Buddhism.

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