Dao An

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Dao An (Chinese: 道安; pinyin: Dào'ān; Wade–Giles: T'ao-an; 312–385) was a Buddhist monk of the Eastern Jin Dynasty, originating from what is now Hebei Province. Mainly important today as a translator of Buddhist scripture. He was active in Xiangyang until the Former Qin ruler Fu Jian 苻堅 captured the city in 379 and had Dao An brought to live in Changan. He spent the last years of life translating and interpreting scripture as well as compiling a catalogue of scriptures. He also advocated monks and nuns taking Shi 釋 as a surname, from the Chinese for Sakyamuni (釋迦牟尼佛).

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