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Signs from the Unseen Realm: Buddhist Miracle Tales from Early Medieval China


In early medieval China hundreds of Buddhist miracle texts were circulated, inaugurating a trend that would continue for centuries. Each tale recounted extraordinary events involving Chinese persons and places—events seen as verifying claims made in Buddhist scriptures, demonstrating the reality of karmic retribution, or confirming the efficacy of Buddhist devotional practices. This book presents the first complete, annotated translation, with in-depth commentary, of the largest extant collection of miracle tales from the early medieval period, Wang Yan's Records of Signs from the Unseen Realm ... More

Keywords: early medieval China, Buddhist miracles, karmic retribution, Buddhist devotional practice, Buddhism, Wang Yan, Chinese society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836023
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836023.001.0001