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By Jonathan Morris Augustine

ISBN-10: 0415322456

ISBN-13: 9780415322454

ISBN-10: 0415646294

ISBN-13: 9780415646291

Hagiographies or idealized biographies which recount the lives of saints, bodhisattvas and different charismatic figures were the assembly position for fable and event. In medieval Europe, the 'lives of saints' have been learn in the course of liturgical celebrations and the texts themselves have been handled as sacred items. In Japan, it was once believed that those that learn the biographies of lofty clergymen might collect benefit. given that hagiographies have been written or compiled via 'believers', the road among fable and truth used to be usually obscured. This examine of the bodhisattva Gyoki - considered as the monk who began the biggest social welfare circulation in Japan - illustrates how eastern Buddhist hagiographers selected to treat a unmarried monk's charitable actions as a surprising success that formed the process eastern history.

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