Confession; Buddhism; Record of the Inner Law Sent Home from the South Seas《南海寄歸內法傳》
A Record of the Inner Law Sent Home from the South Seas was written by Yijing an eminent monk who lived in Chinese Tang dynasty including forty chapters about Buddhist Sangha life in the seventh century in the region of India and Malay Archipelago. Such as Vassa, the ceremony of chanting, the ordination and so on. The ceremony of confession is one of the chapters of this book. In this chapter, Yijing introduced the ceremony of two kinds of confessions, including the time, regulations, procedure of confession. This study aims at providing an overview of the ceremony of confession the Buddhist Vinaya life based on the records of the ceremony of confession in A Record of the Inner Law Sent Home from the South Seas《南海寄歸內法傳》of Yijing and the related records in Buddhist Vinayapiṭaka. The results shown that there are different records on the time of Pavarana in different school’s Vinaya, but all of them are depend on the time of the Summer-Retreat. Yijing’s records on the ceremony of Uposatha are corresponded with the records in Pāli Vinaya. The advantages of the confession to Buddhism has been discussed as well.
1. Introduction 255 2. The Comparison Study on the Ceremony of Confession 256 3. Discussions on the Advantages of Confession 262 4. Conclusion 264