Retrospect and Prospect of the Study of Biographies of Eminent Monks in Four Dynasties (Si Chao Gaoseng Zhuan)


  • Ying Jin
  • Kanokporn Numtong
  • Chatuwit Keawsuwan


Biographies of Eminent Monks in Four Dynasties (Si Chao Gaoseng Zhuan), Research Review, Research Prospect


    The positive method, literature research method, and historical research method were applied in this paper to sort out the historical situation of when and how Buddhism was introduced into China and Chinese Buddhism, explaining the historical background of the Buddhism spread into China. And further organizes the main concentration areas of monks recorded in the Biographies of Eminent Monks in Four Dynasties (Si Chao GaoSeng Zhuan, hereafter SCGSZ). To analyze the vital role of these areas in the spread of Buddhism in China. Then it reviews the compiling situation of SCGSZ and its historical value, which is different from general historiography. Finally, it summarizes the text content and vocabulary research of the SCGSZ by predecessors. The author believes that although there has been constant research on SCGSZ, it is not complete, and puts forward the prospect of continuous research in the future. We can continue to study the similarities and differences in style, diction, and grammar of SCGSZ, as well as the horizontal or vertical comparative analysis of sub-subjects in it.


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Jin, Y., Numtong, K. ., & Keawsuwan, C. . (2022). Retrospect and Prospect of the Study of Biographies of Eminent Monks in Four Dynasties (Si Chao Gaoseng Zhuan). LAWARATH SOCIAL E – JOURNAL, 4(3), 223–244. Retrieved from