The Awakening of Faith


The Awakening of Faith, by Ashvagosha - click to see full size image

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The Awakening of Faith is a text of Mahayana Buddhism. Though traditionally attributed to the 2nd century CE Indian master Aśvaghoṣa, no Sanskrit version is extant and it is widely regarded by many contemporary scholars as having been composed in China. The main theories of the authorship of the Awakening of Faith among contemporary scholars now point to either the 6th century Indian monk translators Paramārtha and Bodhiruci, or alternatively to one of their Chinese students. Although often omitted from lists of canonical Buddhist texts, the Awakening of Faith strongly influenced subsequent Mahayana doctrine.

This book has 14,759 words, and 28 pages in the PDF version. This translation by Timothy Richard was originally published in 1907.

Production notes: This ebook of The Awakening of Faith was published by Global Grey in 2020, and updated on the 7th January 2024. The artwork used for the cover is 'Daibutcho Mandala' by an unknown artist.

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