March12 - Chinese Myth 3/12/2008 12:16:00 PM Buddhist Tales...

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Chinese Myth 12/03/2008 11:16:00 Buddhist Tales in China  Two principle types of Buddhist tales come into China: Jataka:  tell of previous lives of the Buddha Avadana : tell of “heroic acts” of other figures associated with Buddhism Some stories are found intermingled with doctrinal materials Buddhist Literature (the  tripitaka) Sutra-jing (Chinese) Shastra- tritus by a learned scholarly monk Vinaya-rules for how monks should live and act First collection the  avadana  was translated into Chinese in the first half of the  3 rd  Century Chinese Buddhist miracle tales first appear just before 400 AD The first collections are associated with Avalokitesvara(Quan Yin) Collections of tales continue to be written until modern times The Chinese Buddhist tales borrowed their form from the Chinese “strange  tale”  zhiguai  genre
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course CHINESE 155 taught by Professor Idk during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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