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Conceiving the Indian Buddhist Patriarchs in China

Stuart H. Young


This book is a study of how medieval Chinese Buddhists represented their ancient Indian forebears as exemplars of Buddhist practice for a world without a Buddha. It focuses on the Chinese hagiographies of Aśvaghoṣa, Nāgārjuna, and Āryadeva in particular, who were celebrated in medieval China as the greatest Buddhist saints since Śākyamuni, and who have long captured the attention of modern Buddhist Studies scholars. In contrast to earlier studies of these figures, which attempt to situate them in ancient Indian history, this book examines Chinese accounts of their lives as means of illuminatin ... More

Keywords: Aśvaghoṣa, Nāgārjuna, Āryadeva, Indian patriarchs, Buddhism, China, hagiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824841201
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824841201.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stuart H. Young, author
Bucknell University