Tung Lin Kok Yuen International Conference
Buddhist Canons: In Search of a Theoretical Foundation for a Wisdom-oriented Education
27 & 28 November, 2021 (HKT) | Online & On-site at HKU
Honorary Assistant Professor
Tung Lin Kok Yuen Scholar in Buddhist Art and Culture
Centre of Buddhist Studies
The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Chung-hui Tsui is an art historian currently teaching at the Centre of Buddhist Studies in The University of Hong Kong. She obtained the MA in Chinese Art & Archaeology from SOAS, University of London in 2001; and a Ph.D. on Dunhuang and Turfan Buddhist manuscripts of her thesis from the Centre of Buddhist Studies, University of Hong Kong. Her research concerns Buddhist art, culture and history of Dunhuang and Silk Road, Chinese calligraphy, Buddhist manuscripts, Buddhist cave temples and cultural heritage sites. Her book entitled Chinese Calligraphy and Early Buddhist Manuscripts was published by Indica et Buddhica in 2020.
The Buddhist texts translation in Dharmarakṣa’s team
This paper attempts to explore the scribal culture in the translation and transmission of Buddhist texts in Dharmarakṣa’s translation team, based on the case study of earliest extant Chinese Buddhist manuscript in the world, the Buddhasaṃgīti sūtra (Zhufo yaoji jing諸佛要集經, T810) with a definite date of 296 CE that was translated by Dharmarakṣa. We examine the contribution by Dharmarakṣa and his disciples, especially the two main scribes Zhu Fashou and Nie Chengyuan. It demonstrates that Dharmarakṣa and his disciples cooperated not only in the translation of Buddhist sūtras but also in the transmission of Buddhist texts from Central Plain to Hexi corridor and even far away to the Western Region.