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East Asia Library acquires Song Dynasty Biographies of Eminent Monks

September 24, 2013
Charles Fosselman

The East Asia Library at Stanford recently acquired from Zojoji Temple in Japan a copy of the twelfth-century printing of the tenth-century Chinese work called the Song Dynasty Biographies of Eminent Monks 宋高僧傳. With over five hundred biographies, it is an invaluable source of historical information on monks from about 700 to 900. Stanford now holds the only copy of this text in North America, and perhaps the only complete copy of the text outside of a single extant version in this temple in Japan.

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