Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online

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Since publication of the first volume, in 2015, Brill's steadily growing Encyclopedia of Buddhism has been widely acclaimed as the long-awaited authoritative, reliable, and up-to-date reference work.

Illustrated with maps and photographs, and supplemented with extensive online resources, the print version of the thematic encyclopedia presents the latest research on the main aspects of the Buddhist traditions in original essays, all written by the world’s foremost scholars. 

Ultimately consisting of six volumes, the Encyclopedia presents a balanced and even-handed view of the Buddhist traditions across Asia, offering the most reliable up-to-date accounts of well-known issues. At the same time it fills many gaps in heretofore-neglected areas. Contributions emphasize time and again that Buddhism is simultaneously constituted by a plurality of regional traditions, as well as a far-reaching phenomenon spanning almost all of Asia, and, more recently, far beyond.

The 1000-page first volume (Literature and Languages, publ. 2015)  is available online now.

The online edition of volume 2 (Lives, publ. 2019) will be added in 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 …