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Cao tăng truyện (chữ Hán: 高僧傳)
These books recorded stories of 257 famous monks. The volume is available in Vietnamese.
NAM MO A DI DA PHAT (VIETNAMESE)
NAMO AMITUOFO (CHINESE)
Bodhidharma [my translation]
―I come to the East to transmit this clear knowing mind without constructing any dharma―
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I've seen a translation of a collection of biographies of eminent nuns in English, alas I can't remember the book's title. Otherwise I don't think any biographical record has been fully translated, except for the travel stories.
It has an English wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoirs_of_Eminent_Monks
And those collections are also used to compare it with Chan records, like here: Biographies of Eminent Monks in a Comparative Perspective
and here: Evolution of Chan Biographies of Eminent Monks
In Chinese DDM/DDBC has a great project
to search for biographical info: Buddhist Authority Database Project
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?
2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.
3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.
4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.
1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"
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Not sure, but maybe this volume from BTTS, Records of High Sanghans
might be an extract translated from the Chinese version.
It is not a matter of achieving Bodhi or attaining Buddhahood. Rather, you yourself become aware that your own mind has always been fully enlightened.
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