Could You Name a Few Prominent Figures Who Engaged in the Translation and Propagation of Buddhist Scriptures in History?

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The course of translating Buddhist scriptures into Chinese lasted 10 centuries (from the 2nd to the 11th century), and resulted in over 1,690 texts of Tripitaka being translated, totaling more than 6,420 volumes, with no less than 200 famous Chinese and foreign translators involved. In addition to the above-mentioned characters, well-known are Dharmaraksa, Buddhabhadra, Bodhiruci of India, Jnanagupta and Danapala of Pakistan, Panna of Afghanistan, Mandra,and Sanghapala fo Cambodia, as well as Tripitakacarya, Amoghavajra from Sri Lanka, who propagated Tantric Buddhism. Through the persevering, industrious efforts of so many people, the Buddhist theories of the Savakayana, Dhammata, Laksana, Exoteric and Esoteric Schools were introduced into China, thereby forming the enormous treasures of Chinese Buddhism. In 1954, Mao Dun, Chairman of the Chinese Writers’ Association, in his address to the All-China Conference of Literary Translation Workers, said, “The translation work of our country has a long history and a glorious heritage. The conscientious scientific approach of translation created by our predecessors in translating the Buddhist scriptures and their outstanding achievements are worthy of our pride and should be acknowledged as our models”. Undoubtedly, the translation work of ancient China created a great spiritual heritage in the magnificent culture of the Chinese people which is beyond compare in the whole world. It is one of the splendid cultural traditions of which we are proud. (From Essentials of Buddhism: Questions and Answers

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