Great Collection Sutra ［大集経］ (Chin Ta-chi-ching; Daijikkyō): A collection of sutras translated into Chinese by Dharmaraksha (385–433) and others. These sutras were compiled into a single sutra, or the sixty-volume Great Collection Sutra, by a Chinese priest named Seng-chiu in 586. Among the better-known sections are the twenty-fourth volume, which refers to the three calamities, and the fifty-fifth volume, which predicts in some detail how the spread of Buddhism will unfold, describing its rise, prosperity, and decline over the five five-hundred-year periods following Shakyamuni’s death. It also discusses the significance of the Latter Day of the Law, when Shakyamuni’s teachings become obscured and lost. Its contents take the form of Shakyamuni Buddha preaching to a great assembly of Buddhas and bodhisattvas who have gathered from the worlds in the ten directions. See also five five-hundred-year periods.