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Political Propaganda and Ideology in China at the end of the Seventh Century

Inquiry into the nature, authors and function of the Tunhuang document s. 6502 followed by an annotated translation

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pp. XII-312, XXXIII plates, Napoli
data stampa: 1976
codice isbn: 91008

The subject of the present study is above all to try to define the real nature of a Chinese document which has come down to us in two fragmentary manuscript copies now included in the Stein Collection of Chinese MSS. in the British Library. S. 2658, the shorter of the two MSS., has been known to scholars since 1927 thanks to Yabuki Keiki who provided a printed commented edition of it in his famous work on the School of the Three Stages. The other manuscript copy, S. 6502, which is much longer than S.2658, has only recently received some attention and was as yet unpublished.

It appeared evident from the start that this was a document of political propaganda issued about the end of the seventh century A. D. and considerable efforts were made in order to establish the date of its composition and to identify its authors. However, because of a series of misunderstandings, the document has not yet been "recognized" far what it really is.

Indice:

INTRODUCTION

FIRST PART: THE NATURE, AUTHORS AND FUNCTION OF S.6502

CHAPTER ONE: The Ta-yün ching Question

1. THE CONFUCIAN SOURCES

2. THE BUDDHIST SOURCES

I. Statement of the Facts - II. Critical Considerations

3. MODERN CRITICISM


I. The opinions of those critics who did not know the " Tunhuang Document" - II. The opinions of those critics who knew the "Tun-huang Document"


4. NEW FORMULATION OF THE PROBLEM


I. It is unlikely that the work presented to the throne was the so-called Dharmakṣema version - II. The work presented was the "Tun-huang Document" - III. The title of the "Tun-huang Document"

APPENDIX: The Chinese Translations of the Mahāmegha sūtra I. The Dharmakṣema and the Chu Fo-nien versions - II. The Extracts from the Ta-yün ching - III. The ChouCCML and the versions of the Ta-yün ching

CHAPTER TWO: The Men who Presented the Commentary ... on the Ta-yün ching

1. NAMES OF THE COMPILERS

2. BIOGRAPHICAL DATA RELATING TO THE NINE BHADANTAS I. Fa-ming - II. Ch'u-i - III. Hui-yen - IV. Hui-leng - V. Hsing-kan - VI. Te-kan - VII. Chih-ching - VIII. Hsüan-kuei - IX. Hsüan- cheng

2. CONCLUSIVE NOTES

APPENDIX A: Monks Belonging to the Ta Fu-hsien ssu


APPENDIX B: Monks Belonging to the Fo shou-chi ssu


APPENDIX C: On the Authenticity of the Colophon of the Tun-huang Manuscript of the A-p'i-t'an ching 26th chüan

CHAPTER THREE: Wu Chao, Cakravartin of the Golden Wheel and Bodhisattva

1. THE INTERPOLATION IN THE PAO-YU CHING

2. WU CHAO, CAKRAVARTIN OF THE GOLDEN WHEEL

3. WU CHAO BODHISATTVA 

4. MAITREISM AS AN INSTRUMENTAL DEVICE

APPENDIX: The Translators of the Ratnamegha sūtra

SECOND PART: AN ANNOTATED TRANSLATION OF S.6502 PRELIMINARY REMARKS

CONTENTS OF THE COMMENTARY


COMMENTARY ON THE MEANING OF THE PROPHECY

STRUCTURE OF THE COMMENTARY AND BRIEF NOTES

APPENDIX A: Summary of the Ta-yün ching


APPENDIX B: Summary of the Cheng-ming ching


APPENDIX C: Wu Chao, a Buddhist Novice in her Youth

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

PLATES S.6502 S.2658 S.2278 S.523

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