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Buddhist Narrative Literature in China
(5,500 words)

In addition to the masses of stories in the vast ocean of Buddhist literature that were translated into Chinese, narrative literature intended to propagate Buddhism was also composed in Chinese. In addition, Chinese popular literature was inspired by the forms, ideas, and images of Buddhist literature. The Buddhist doctrine of “skillful means” (Chn. fangbian [方便]; Skt. upāya) – adapting the level of discourse to the aptitude of the audience – …

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Victor H. Mair and Rostislav Berezkin, “Buddhist Narrative Literature in China”, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism Online, Editor-in-Chief: Consulting Editors: Jonathan A. Silk, Oskar von Hinüber, Vincent Eltschinger. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2467-9666_enbo_COM_0048>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20151231

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