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This chapter focuses on detailed survey of the primary sources of Fazang’s life. These primary sources can be divided into two groups of literature-epigraphic and textual. An epigraphic source was generally immune to errors/alterations due to the special nature of the materials to which it was committed, and was generally devoid of the layers of change that accumulate upon a text in the course of the long history of its transmission. The chapter takes up the relevant epigraphic texts; and covers the textual, and because the latter reflects a large body of works, it is set out in chronological order. It briefly discusses modern scholarship on Fazang’s biography, and the conclusion groups the sources into the various categories, as mentioned, such as Chinese versus non-Chinese, and Huayan versus non-Huayan.

Keywords: Fazang; literature-epigraphic text; textual text

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