Fazun (法尊, 1902–1980) was a Chinese Buddhist monk who played major role in the spread of Tibetan Buddhism and translation of scriptures into modern Chinese.
One Teacher, Many Traditions states:
- Several young Chinese monks studied Buddhism in Tibet in the 1920s and 30s. Fazun (1902–80), a disciple of Taixu, was a monk at Drepung Monastery, where he studied and later translated into Chinese several great Indian treatises and some of Tsongkhapa’s works.
Works translated into Chinese included:
- Tsongkhapa’s The Great Treatise on the Graduated Path to Enlightenment (jangchup lamgyi rimpé chenmo, Puti dao cidi guanglun)
Gray Tuttle states:
- ...he also wrote the first Chinese language textbook for studying the Tibetan language, helped produce the first modern Tibetan-Chinese dictionary, and authored numerous works on the history of and the contemporary situation in Tibet.
- Fazun also translated into Tibetan the Abhidharma-mahavibhasa, extant in the two hundred rolls of Xuanzang’s Chinese rendering (Da piposha lun), by the title Bye brag bshad mdzod chen mo.
- Buswell, Robert E.; Lopez, Donald S. (2014), The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, Princeton University
- Dalai Lama; Thubten Chodron (2014), Buddhism: One Teacher, Many Traditions, Wisdom Publications
- Dharma-master Fazun (2006), by Gray Tuttle (Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies)
- Gray Tuttle, Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China, Columbia University Press, 2005
- Orzech, Charles D. (general editor) (2011). Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia. Brill.
- The Rising Popularity of Tibetan Buddhism among Chinese in Mainland China – A Conversation with Professor Gray Tuttle