Jnanagupta

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Jñānagupta
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 闍那崛多
Simplified Chinese 阇那崛多
Also known as:
Chinese 志德
Sanskrit name
Sanskrit ज्ञानगुप्त

Jñānagupta (Sanskrit: ज्ञानगुप्त; Chinese: 闍那崛多 or 志德; pinyin: Shénàjuéduō or Zhì Dé) was an Afghan Buddhist monk[1] from Gandhara in modern-day Afghanistan who travelled to China and was recognised by Emperor Wen of the Sui Dynasty. He is said to have brought with him 260 sutras in Sanskrit, and was supported in translating these into Chinese by the emperor.

In total, he translated 39 scriptures in 192 fascicles during the period 561 to 592, including:

  • Sutra of Buddha's Fundamental Deeds, 60 fascicles

(Chinese: 佛本行經; pinyin: Fó Běnháng Jīng)

  • Candrottaradarikapariprccha, 2 fascicles

(Chinese: 月上女經; pinyin: Yuè Shàng Nǚ Jīng)

Sources[edit]

Buddhist Door: Translators in Sui Dynasty and Tang Dynasty

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kalhan's Rajtarangini The Saga of the Kings of Kashmir translation by R S Pandit Published by Sahitya Akademi ,Appendix D page 731 , ISBN 81-260-1236-6