By Christine Mollier

Mollier surveys some of the 40,000-odd manuscripts present in a sealed chamber at Dunhuang, with a specific eye to the kinfolk among Taoism and Buddhism.

Against a historical past of interfaith contention (in which Taoists may well depict Lao-tzu reincarnating as Buddha to transform the foreigners, when Buddhists had Lao-tzu as Buddha's disciple) she unpicks a few attention-grabbing stuff approximately related doctrines showing within the texts of the 2 diverse faiths. Buddhist sturdiness sutras prove to have stolen their texts wholesale from Taoist originals; Taoism in go back modelled a complete deity upon a Buddhist bodhisattva.

There is way neighborhood color for somebody who has an curiosity during this type of factor -- descriptions of witchcraft practices (watch out for 'gu'!) and use of the large Dipper, etc., revealing morsels of perform and trust. entire texts are translated; the scholarship is particularly capable and every now and then wry.

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In Taoist psychophysiological techniques, the “great granary” (taicang 太倉) designates the stomach. 36. The cyclical signs wu and ji correspond to the center, rengui to the north, jia and yi correspond to the east, and gengxin to the west. The invocation is then addressed to the five directions. However, the numbers given do not seem to conform to the usual system of correspondences of the five agents. 37. On the Mobile Kitchens, see below. 34 Buddhism and Taoism Face to Face Until I seem permanently satisfied and happy, [And my] longevity increases by tens of thousands of years.

35. In Taoist psychophysiological techniques, the “great granary” (taicang 太倉) designates the stomach. 36. The cyclical signs wu and ji correspond to the center, rengui to the north, jia and yi correspond to the east, and gengxin to the west. The invocation is then addressed to the five directions. However, the numbers given do not seem to conform to the usual system of correspondences of the five agents. 37. On the Mobile Kitchens, see below. 34 Buddhism and Taoism Face to Face Until I seem permanently satisfied and happy, [And my] longevity increases by tens of thousands of years.

The identity of Dharmatrāta (Daduoluo or Damoduoluo) is uncertain. Three figures of the second, fourth, and early fifth centuries, respectively, are known under this name; see Demiéville et al. (1978): 252, 258. 14.  2154, 18/672a 4–7. ” If one practices it in conformity to the rules, he specifies, one obtains all kinds of benefits. The sūtra is also mentioned in other Buddhist catalogues. See Makita (1976): 347–349. The Heavenly Kitchens 29 and the most detailed of the extant versions.  3032 and the Kōyasan manuscripts, are noted as required.

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