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By Jack Kornfield

Loved Western Buddhist grasp Kornfield makes identified his own, useful knowledge, garnered from 25 years of working towards and instructing the trail of awakening, as he courses self-searchers to a simplicity of conception that brings alive non secular perform, peace, and fact of their day-by-day lives.

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We must now find a man who bore these titles in the Kao Tsung period, 650 to 683,and who was at the same time a scholar and author of dis­ tinction and a friend of the pilgrim. And precisely such a man we find in Yfl Chih-ning (于 志 苹 ),one of the brilliant scholars and statesmen who shed a glory on the reigns of the early T*ang sovereigns. Ytt was a good and faithful servant to T‘ai Tsung who held him in high Esteem 19 and took his counsel even when it was not very palatable. On the death of T‘ai Tsung his son and successor Kao Tsung retained Yfl in favour at Court and rewarded him with well-earned honours.

Julien in his translation of this passage gives the Sanskrit equivalents for Horse-Lord, Elephant-Lord, and Man-Lord; and tells us that a word meaning “Parasol-Lord” is found in a certain authority instead of the Precious-substancesLord of our text. Throughout the passage, however, the pilgrim seems to be writing as a Chinese Baddhist scholar not drawing from Indian sources but from his own know­ ledge and experience. His information was acqoired partly from Chinese boo^s, and he perhaps learned something from the Brethren in Kashmir and other places outside of India.

Up to 640 Kaochfang was one of these countries, but from that year the empire reached on the east to the ocean, and on the west to the kingdom which was the first to the west of Kaoch(angf viz.

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