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Kumarajiva’s Journey of Preaching Buddhism in China

Story Overview:

In the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420 CE) in China, there was a wise and sagacious young Dharma master named Kumarajiva living in the Kingdom of Kucha in Central Asia. The name Kumarajiva meant "a child endowed with the wisdom of the elders". When he was only seven, his mother became a Buddhist nun and he followed her to travel several states throughout India, where he studied Buddhist doctrine. Gifted with extraordinary retentive memory, he mastered the subtleties of Dharma. Gradually, Kumarajiva became a young man of encyclopedic knowledge. His fame spread and he was widely admired by people. Royal families in Central Asia jostled to engage him…