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Hualin International Journal of Buddhist Studies 2.1 (2019): 133–152;
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Faxian)

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Images and Monasteries in Faxian’s Account on Anurādhapura

KIM Haewon 김혜원(金惠瑗)
Department of Asia, the National Museum of Korea

Keywords: Faxian, Sri Lanka, Anurādhapura, Buddha’s Tooth Relic, Abhayagiri vihara

Abstract: This paper examines Faxian’s accounts on Sri Lanka focusing on important images and monasteries in Anurādhapura, the political and religious center of the island kingdom during his two-year stay in the early fifth century. Of particular interest are the records on the Bodhi Tree shrine, the installation of Buddha’s Tooth Relic, and the blue jade image in Abhayagiri vihara. These subjects will be discussed in relation to historical records, archaeological sites, and surviving Buddhist images in an effort to demonstrate the significance of Faxian’s accounts and pilgrimage.


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