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Li, Zijie (2021) 'Kūkai 空海 (774–835) and Saichō’s 最澄 (766–822) theories on gotra 種姓 (caste).' Studies in Chinese Religions, 7 (2). pp. 221-235.

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In this article, I argue that although the Pusa yingluo benye jing 瓔珞 本業經 [Sutra of the Diadem of the Primary Activities of the Bodhisattvas] utilised the theory of zhongxing 種姓 (Skt. gotra; Jp. shushō; caste) in the Pusa dichi jing 菩薩地持經 [Sutra of Stages of Bodhisattvas], the Pusa yingluo benye jing changed the explanation of zhongxing with the stages of bodhisattvas. According to Kūkai and Saichō’s interpretations of shushō related issues, the Pusa dichi jing and the Pusa yingluo benye jing were still mainstream. The theory of zhongxing in these two texts strongly influenced their thoughts on shushō.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Kūkai; Saichō; gotra (zhongxing; shushō); the stages of bodhisattvas; the Pusa dichi jing; the Pusa yingluo benye jing
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
ISSN: 23729988
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2021 09:24
Funders: Other

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