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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.[1]

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.[2]

Works translated into Chinese included:

  • Tsongkhapa’s The Great Treatise on the Graduated Path to Enlightenment (jangchup lamgyi rimpé chenmo, Puti dao cidi guanglun)[1]

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.[1]

The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism states:

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.[3]



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