Liang Dynasty Biographies of Eminent Priests, The ［梁高僧伝］ (Chin Liang-kao-seng-chuan; Ryō-kōsō-den): Abbreviated as The Biographies of Eminent Priests. A biographical compilation written in 519 by Hui-chiao in China. It recounts the biographies of noteworthy priests who lived during the period of about 450 years from c.e. 67 when Buddhism was introduced to China to the year of the work’s compilation. It includes the biographies of five hundred individuals. Several similar biographies were produced in China prior to The Liang Dynasty Biographies of Eminent Priests, but this was the most comprehensive and formed the basis of subsequent collections of biographies produced during the T’ang, Sung, and Ming dynasties. The title The Biographies of Eminent Priests sometimes refers to other such collections.