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The Scripture on Saving and Protecting Body and Life: An Introduction and Translation

Author(s): Lowe, Bryan

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Abstract: This article introduces and translates the Scripture on Saving and Protecting Body and Life (Jiuhu shenming jing 㓹嬟幓␥䴻), a text likely composed in sixth-century China that claims to represent the words of the Buddha. The article traces the treatment of this text in Chinese catalogues, and analyzes its themes with regard to other works composed roughly contemporaneously. Particular attention is paid to notions of the “Evil Age of the Five Pollutions” (wuzhuo eshi Ḽ㽩らᶾ), “venomous arts” (gu dao 埙忻), “six spirits” (liushen ℕ䤆), and to a reference to copying the text on “fine paper” (hao zhi ⤥䳁 ). It shows how Chinese authors drew on indigenous techniques, cosmologies, practices, and materials to respond to threats said to face those living in an age after the Buddha’s passing. The annotated translation is based on a manuscript from Nanatsu-dera, but it refers to the Dunhuang and Fangshan shi jing editions as well.
Publication Date: 2014
Citation: Lowe, Bryan. (2014). The Scripture on Saving and Protecting Body and Life: An Introduction and Translation. Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies, 27 (1 - 34). 10.17613/M6KS57.
DOI: 10.17613/M6KS57
ISSN: 2313-2000
EISSN: 2313-2019
Pages: 1 - 34
Language: English
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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