Prajñā (Buddhist monk)

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Prajñā (Chinese: 般若三藏 or 般若; pinyin: Bōrě Sāncáng or Bō Rě), was an important 9th century Buddhist monk from Gandhara (born in the area of modern Kabul, Afghanistan).

He visited Tang China and contributed several important retranslations of Sanskrit sutras into Chinese. Some of his main works are:

Prajñā reportedly befriended the Japanese monk Kūkai, future founder of Shingon Buddhism, during his pilgrimage to China. He is said to have helped Kūkai learn and understand Sanskrit source texts.

See also[edit]


  • Keown, Damian (2003). Dictionary of Buddhism. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860560-9