Buddhist Studies Review, Vol 26, No 1 (2009)

Rebirth From China To Japan In Nara Hagiography: A Reconsideration

T. H. Barrett
Issued Date: 22 Aug 2009


This study takes up a portion of the early hagiography of a Japanese prince who was reputedly a reincarnated Chinese monk, and uses a peculiarity in a colophon dated 718 to argue that though the text may have been composed in China, it must in that case derive from the writing of a Japanese visitor. A possible identification of the visitor is made, and some attention is given to the likely sources he used.

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DOI: 10.1558/bsrv.v26i1.103


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