By Robert Ford Campany
In early medieval China enormous quantities of Buddhist miracle texts have been circulated, inaugurating a development that may proceed for hundreds of years. each one story stated remarkable occasions regarding chinese language individuals and places―events visible as verifying claims made in Buddhist scriptures, demonstrating the truth of karmic retribution, or confirming the efficacy of Buddhist devotional practices. Robert Ford Campany, one in all North America’s preeminent students of chinese language faith, offers during this quantity the 1st whole, annotated translation, with in-depth remark, of the most important extant selection of miracle stories from the early medieval interval, Wang Yan’s Records of indicators from the Unseen Realm, compiled round 490 C.E.
In addition to the interpretation, Campany offers a considerable learn of the textual content and its writer of their ancient and non secular settings. He exhibits how those full of life stories helped combine Buddhism into chinese language society while that they served as structures for non secular contestation and persuasion. Campany bargains a nuanced, transparent methodological dialogue of the way such narratives, being items of social reminiscence, will be learn as priceless proof for the historical past of faith and culture.
Readers attracted to Buddhism; historians of chinese language religions, tradition, society, and literature; students of comparative faith: All will locate Signs from the Unseen Realm a stimulating and wealthy contribution to scholarship.
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