This major collection offers a comprehensive and distinctive reading of the Buddhist canon at the time of its composition (Seventh century CE). Because the work includes Chinese passages from mainly Indic sources, and the Indic sources are often no longer available, the work rescues scripture that would otherwise be lost to history.
Volume I includes Fascicles 1–7 (Chapters 1–4). Volume II is now in print, including Fasciles 9-12 (Chapter 5). In the near future, a third volume will appear, also translated by Professor Shinohara, covering fascicles 13-20. The remaining 80 fascicles of this large text are being translated by a number of scholars and will be published in sequential volumes over the next several years.
A Forest of Pearls from the Dharma Garden (Fayuan zhulin, T. 2122) is a large anthology of thematically arranged excerpts from Buddhist canonical sources and historical records, attributed to the seventh century monk Daoshi. A comprehensive and distinctive reading of the Buddhist canon, A Forest of Pearls presents an extraordinarily rich account of Buddhist practices.
Ch. Fayuan zhulin (法苑珠林), compiled by Daoshi (道世). 100 fascicles.