Prajna (Buddhist Monk)

Prajna (Buddhist Monk)

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Prajñā (; ), was an important 9th century Buddhist monk from Gandhara, born in the area of modern Kabul, Afghanistan.

He visited China during the Tang dynasty, and contributed several important (re-)translations of Sanskrit sutras into Chinese. Some of his main works are:

  • The Avatamsaka Sutra or The Flower Adornment Sutra ()
  • The Heart Sutra ( Dà chéng lǐ qù liù bō luó mì duō jīng)
  • The Mahayana Sutra of Mind Meditation from the Jataka ( Dà chéng běn shēng xīn dì guān jīng )

Prajñā reportedly befriended the Japanese monk Kūkai, future founder of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, during his pilgrimage to China. He is said to have helped Kūkai learn and understand Sanskrit source texts.

See also


  • Keown, Damian (2003). Dictionary of Buddhism. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-860560-9

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