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Buddhist Books (shijia lei 釋家類)

Jul 24, 2010 © Ulrich Theobald

Buddhist Books (shijia lei 釋家類) is a subcategory in traditional Chinese bibliographies and part of the category of Masters and Philosophers (zibu 子部). Compared to the Buddhist canon Tripitaka it includes only very few writings (only 13), mostly biographies, encyclopedias and literary writings by Chan Buddhists from the Song period 宋 (960-1279). The common feature of all Buddhist writings included in the collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書 is that they were originary written in Chinese and not translated from Sanskrit. The most important are the apologetic treatise Hongmingji 弘明集 and the Chan treatise Wudeng huiyuan 五燈會元.

神僧傳 * Shensengzhuan (Jin) 法顯 Faxian
弘明集 Hongmingji (Liang) 僧祐 Sengyou
廣弘明集 Guang hongmingji (Tang) 道宣 Daoxuan
法苑珠林 Fayuan zhulin (Tang) 道世 Daoshi
牟子理惑論 * Mouzi lihuo lun 牟融 Mou Rong
金剛經 * Jingangjing 鳩摩羅什 Kumarajiva (transl.)
妙法蓮花經 * Miaofa lianhua jing 鳩摩羅什 Kumarajiva (transl.)
涅槃經 * Niepanjing 慧嚴 Huiyan (transl.)
無量壽經 * Wuliangshou jing (Wei) 康僧鎧 Sanghavarman (transl.)
佛國記 FoguojiGeography (Jin) 法顯 Faxian
洛陽伽藍記 Luoyang qielan jiGeography (Northern Wei) 楊衒之 Yang Xuanzhi
大唐西域記 Da-Tang xiyu jiGeography (Tang) 玄奘 Xuanzang
心經 * Xinjing (Tang) 玄奘 Xuanzang (transl.)
壇經 * Tanjing (Tang) 惠能 Huineng
比丘尼傳 * Biqiuni zhuan (Liang) 寳唱 Baochang
高僧傳 * Gaosengzhuan (Liang) 慧皎 Huijiao
續高僧傳 * Xu gaosengzhuan (Tang) 道宣 Daoxuan
宋高僧傳 Song gaosengzhuan (Song) 贊寧 Zanning
神僧傳 * Shensengzhuan (Ming) 朱棣 Zhu Di (明成祖 Emperor Ming Chengzu)
明高僧傳 * Ming gaosengzhuan (Ming) 如惺 Ruxing
五燈會元 Wudeng huiyuan (Song) 普濟 Puji

* not included in the collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書, the catalogue Siku quanshu zongmu tiyao 四庫全書總目題要, nor the Xuxiu siku quanshu 續修四庫全書.