Rebirth From China To Japan In Nara Hagiography

A Reconsideration


  • T. H. Barrett School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London



Rebirth, China, Japan, Nara Hagiography


This study takes up a portion of the early hagiography of a Japanese prince who was reputedly a reincarnated Chinese monk, and uses a peculiarity in a colophon dated 718 to argue that though the text may have been composed in China, it must in that case derive from the writing of a Japanese visitor. A possible identification of the visitor is made, and some attention is given to the likely sources he used.

Author Biography

T. H. Barrett, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


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How to Cite

Barrett, T. H. (2009). Rebirth From China To Japan In Nara Hagiography: A Reconsideration. Buddhist Studies Review, 26(1), 103–109.




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