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Welcome to the companion website for Treatise on Awakening Mahāyāna Faith (大乘起信論), translated by John Jorgensen, Dan Lusthaus, John Makeham, and Mark Strange.

This volume is part of a new series of translations of Chinese philosophical texts, Oxford Chinese Thought, edited by Eric L. Hutton and Justin Tiwald. This series will provide English-speaking readers with access to a range of China’s most interesting and influential traditional philosophical writings.

Treatise on Awakening Mahāyāna Faith has been one of the most important texts of East Asian Buddhism since it first appeared in sixth-century China. It profoundly shaped the doctrines and practices of the major schools of Chinese and East Asian Buddhism—including Tiantai, Huayan, and Chan (Zen)—and quickly became a shared resource for East Asian philosophers and studentsof Buddhist thought. This new annotated translation of the classic makes its ideas available to English readers like never before. The introduction orients readers to the main topics taken up in the Treatise and gives a comprehensive historical and intellectual grounding to the text. The volume marks a major advance in studies of the Treatise, bringing to light new interpretations and themes of the text.

This companion website provides, via downloadable PDFs compiled and edited by the translators, the original Chinese text on which the translation is based, along with English-Chinese and Chinese-English glossaries for important terms in the text.

Click on the Resources link to the left to access these items

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