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Sarasvatī In Buddhist Sutras

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Sarasvatī's name is mentioned in few pre-eighth- and eighth-century Chinese versions of Buddhist sutras. Amongst material known to be extant, her earliest appearance is in 417, in the first Chinese translation of the Sutra of Golden Light. The sutra includes an entire chapter dedicated to Sarasvatī. It is, in fact, the most important source for the early Buddhist Sarasvatī. This chapter focuses on the Sutra of Golden Light, where Sarasvatī appears most prominently and most early on.

Keywords: Buddhist sutras; Sarasvatī; Sutra of Golden Light



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