In early medieval China hundreds of Buddhist miracle texts were circulated, inaugurating a trend that would continue for centuries. Each tale recounted extraordinary events involving Chinese persons and places—events seen as verifying claims made in Buddhist scriptures, demonstrating the reality of karmic retribution, or confirming the efficacy of Buddhist devotional practices. Robert Ford Campany, one of North America’s preeminent scholars of Chinese religion, presents Signs from the Unseen Realm: Buddhist Miracle Tales from Early Medieval China, the first complete, annotated translation, with in-depth commentary, of the largest extant collection of miracle tales from the early medieval period, Wang Yan’s Records of Signs from the Unseen Realm, compiled around 490 C.E.
Classics in East Asian Buddhism
March 2012 / ISBN 978-0-8248-3602-3 / $65.00 (CLOTH)
Published in association with the Kuroda Institute