Sutra copying is the East Asian practice of hand-copying Buddhist sutras.
Sutra copying is considered a merit in Buddhism. The effort of Sutra copying is considered an expression of piety, and recognized as a devotional practice, since it comprises worship, literature, and calligraphy.
The practice of sutra copying originated in China. Sutra copying was imported to Korea in the third century. During the Nara period (710-794) in Japan, the practice of sutra copying became very popular in society.
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