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Brill’s Encyclopedia of Buddhism is the first comprehensive academic reference work devoted to the plurality of Buddhist traditions across Asia, offering readers a balanced and detailed treatment of this complex phenomenon in six thematically arranged volumes: literature and languages (I, publ. 2015), lives (II, publ. 2019), thought (III, forthcoming 2022), history (IV, forthcoming 2023), life and practice (V, forthcoming 2025), index and remaining issues (VI, forthcoming 2026).

Each volume contains substantial original essays by many of the world’s foremost scholars, essays which not only cover basic information and well-known issues but which also venture into areas as yet untouched by modern scholarship. An essential tool for anyone interested in Buddhism.
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The online edition of volume 2 (Lives, publ. 2019) will be added in (mid-)2021, with further volumes following after their original publication in print.
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Author(s): John Jorgensen
Ich’adon (異 次頓; 502/506–527) was a member of the Silla (新羅) royal family whose martyrdom in 527 allegedly paved the way for the formal recognition of Buddhism as a religion by the Silla state (trad. 57 BCE–936 CE). In South Korea his deeds continue to inspire devotion and debate to this day. Silla was the third and least developed of the three kingdoms on the Korean peninsula. Buddhism had been introduced from the northern state of Koguryŏ (高句麗), but Silla appears to have been hostile to Buddhism, for there are reports of at least two missionary …