Re: [INDOLOGY] Origin of Mahācīna

Matthew Kapstein mkapstei at
Thu Mar 10 20:25:06 UTC 2016

Mahācīna becomes current in Buddhist tantric materials of the late first - early second millennium and
perhaps indifferently refers to China, Tibet and neighboring regions.

The derivation from the name of the Qin dynasty has been contested. I believe that Endymion Wilkinson's
Manual of Chinese History has something on this:

Matthew Kapstein
Directeur d'études,
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
The University of Chicago

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