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Political Propaganda and Ideology in China at the end of the Seventh Century
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manuscript copy, S. 6502, which is much longer than S.2658, has only recently received some attention and was as yet unpublished.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.
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
PLATES S.6502 S.2658 S.2278 S.523
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