Xuanzang and the Silk Route

By: Lokesh Chandra and Radha Banerjee (eds)

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China as we know is a great civilization and Xuanzang's (who is popularly known as Hsan-tsang) visit to India was a great event. The noted Chinese traveler and Buddhist pilgrim, Xuanzang, reached India in AD 630, having undertaken an arduous journey across Central Asia. A Chinese emperor called him "the jewel of the empire." Nearly fourteen years of his life (from AD 630 to AD 644) were spent visiting Buddhist temples and monasteries, cities, and places of interest in the Indian subcontinent. He was a keen observer of men and affairs. Apart from being a devout monk, he has left behind a fascinating and authentic account of India's history, geography, economy, and society of the times when King Harsha (AD 606-47) ruled over northern India. This volume contains articles on the life and achievement of Xuanzang. Dharmamaster Xuanzang came to India particularly in search of Buddhist texts which were not available in China. He studied his favourite text Yogacarabhumisastra under the famous teacher Shilabhadra of Nalanda. He was a great recorded of historical sites of the Silk Route. His description of the Silk Route countries in Afghanistan and Gandhara are valuable for the political and cultural history of these lands. The study of Bamiyan monasteries and colossal Buddhas have inspired Art historians to make a thorough study of the Cultural history of Afghanistan. The articles in this present volume show, through a wide range of studies, not only Xuanzang's love and knowledge of Buddhism, but only an account of various countries and their cultural heritage. Printed Pages: 314.

Title: Xuanzang and the Silk Route

Author Name: Lokesh Chandra and Radha Banerjee (eds)

Categories: India, History, Culture, and Politics, China,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd. In Association with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts: 2008

ISBN: 8121511860

ISBN 13: 9788121511865

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Size: 23 x 29 Cm

Seller ID: 031411

Keywords: Xuanzang Yuan CHwang Hieun Tsiang Tsang India China Silk Route