The Language of Chinese Buddhism: From the perspective of Chinese historical linguistics

Zhu Qingzhi and Li Bohan
Chinese Linguistics, 2018 vol. 5 no 1 pp. 1--32

This is a more detailed introduction of the language of Chinese Buddhism

based on our latest research of Buddhist Chinese, which is a modern

Chinese historical linguistic category applied to a form of written Chinese

originated for and used in Buddhist texts, including the translations into

Chinese of Indian Buddhist scriptures and all Chinese works of Buddhism

composed by Chinese monks and lay Buddhists in the past. We attempt to

answer in this paper the following questions: What is Buddhist Chinese?

What is the main difference between Buddhist Chinese and non-Buddhist

Chinese? What role did this language play in the history of Chinese

language development? And what is the value of this language for the

Chinese Historical Linguistics?