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Fazang The Translator

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The last chapter showed how a dhāraṇī text that Fazang translated in 704 allowed him to bring together philosophical mastery with a high interest in technical innovation. This chapter delves further, taking up Fazang's contributions as a Buddhist translator. It focuses on three pairs of Fazang’s collaborators, either because a pair arrived in China at about the same time or because their directorship of a translation center overlapped in time. These were the first two; they possessed quite different backgrounds and left different degrees of impact in China. In cooperating with these famous foreign monks, Fazang quickly entered the limelight of contemporary Buddhism, and more importantly he started to project his influence from the Changʾan area to Luoyang, which was then the political and religious center of East Asia.

Keywords: dhāraṇī; Fazang; translator

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