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A Study of the Zui Miao Sheng Ding Jing

  • 불교학리뷰
  • Abbr : Critical Review for Buddhist Studies
  • 2018, (23), pp.67-89
  • DOI : 10.29213/crbs..23.201806.67
  • Publisher : Geumgang Center for Buddhist Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Buddhist Studies
  • Received : May 7, 2018
  • Accepted : June 8, 2018
  • Published : June 30, 2018

Seo Jung Won 1

1동국대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study takes a bibliographical approach to the Zui Miao Sheng Ding Jing, pseudepigrapha from the Northern and Southern dynasties, explores related contemporary research, and suggests future research. First, the study bibliographically approaches the Zui Miao Sheng Ding Jing in three areas: copy, revision and translation, and resolution. Three copies of Chinese and Tibetan texts of the Zui Miao Sheng Ding Jing are considered; the study describes the process of discovering each copy and the condition in which each has been preserved. In terms of revision and translation, the study first examines three revised editions, and applies the assessments of the two textual bibliographies regarding the three revised editions. In terms of translation, the study finds one French and one Korean translation. Lastly, the study considers three types of resolutions, but they will be classified into two types because two of the resolutions are almost identical from a general perspective. The contemporary research regarding the Zui Miao Sheng Ding Jing demonstrates that despite the heightened attention given to the Tibetan translation of this scripture, the corresponding research is rather lacking. In addition, while there is an interpretation connecting the Zui Miao Sheng Ding Jing and the Council of Lhasa, there also seems to be confusion regarding this interpretation. Additionally, this study also considers the citation of the Zui Miao Sheng Ding Jing in the Seokgayeoraehaengjeokson≪釋迦如來行蹟頌≫. Lastly, the study suggests the relevance of Zen (禪) as a promising research field regarding the Zui Miao Sheng Ding Jing and pseudepigrapha (僞經), especially the pseudepigrapha recorded in the list of Dào ān (道安 CE 314-385), the first pseudepigrapha, which illustrates the Zen tradition that led to the Zui Miao Sheng Ding Jing. Moreover, the study shows the need to investigate further the effect of the Zui Miao Sheng Ding Jing on Tibetan Zen (Nyingma school).

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