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The complete title of the Såtra is the Vajra Praj¤à Pàramità Såtra. 38 Preface: The Translator Translated by Tripiñaka Dharma Master Kumàrajãva during the Yao Ch’in Dynasty. 1. In the Yao Chin period, Tripiñaka Master Kumàrajãva translated the Såtra, giving it the title Vajra Praj¤à Pàramità Såtra. In later times the Såtra came to be translated by five other Dharma Masters. 2. Dharma Master Bodhiruci translated it in the Y‚an Wei period and used the same title as Kumàrajãva. 3. Dharma Master Paramàrtha translated the Såtra in the later Ch’en Dynasty also under the same title.
It is not the same as the Ying Ch’in, reign period of Ch’in Shih Huang, or as the Fu Chin, reign period of Emperor Fu Chien. When Fu Chien was assassinated by Yao Ch’ang the dynasty was renamed Yao Ch’in in honor of the new emperor. Yao Ch’ang in time was succeeded by his nephew Yao Hsing, and the dynasty name Yao Ch’in was retained. It was during the reign of Yao Hsing, a strong supporter of Buddhism, that Kumàrajãva translated the Såtra. Tripiñaka. Tripiñaka refers to the three divisions of the Buddhist canon: 1.
Wondering how he would ever be able to buy it, Sudatta sent a messenger to make an offer. Ÿ laughed the prince in amazement. “Very well,Ÿ he said in jest, “if he covers it completely with gold coins I will sell it to him! Ÿ Prince Jeta was assuming the Elder Sudatta could not possibly afford grounds which cost their area in gold. Never did he guess that Sudatta’s money and his desire to hear the Dharma both were adequate. The Elder took gold coins from his family storehouses and covered Prince Jeta’s garden.