Kumarajiva

Kumarajiva: From the Western Regions to China, unparalleled Chinese translation of the Lotus Sutra

Kumarajiva, who was born in an oasis city in the Western Regions, entered monastic life at age 9 and devoted himself to the study of Buddhism. Later in his life, over the course of 8 years, he translated 294 volumes of Buddhist sutras into Chinese. His unparalleled Chinese translation of the Lotus Sutra, Miaofa Lianhua Jing (Lotus Sutra of the Wonderful Law) has been pivotal in the transmission of the essence of Mahayana teachings throughout China.