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The Silk Road Journey with Xuanzang / Edition 1

The Silk Road Journey with Xuanzang / Edition 1

by Sally Wriggins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813365996

ISBN-13: 9780813365992

Pub. Date: 11/25/2003

Publisher: Basic Books

The Silk Road Journey with Xuanzang tells the saga of the seventh-century Chinese monk Xuanzang, one of China’s great heroes, who completed an epic sixteen-year-long journey to discover the heart of Buddhism at its source in India. Eight centuries before Columbus, this intrepid pilgrim traveled 10,000 miles on the Silk Road, meeting most of

Overview

The Silk Road Journey with Xuanzang tells the saga of the seventh-century Chinese monk Xuanzang, one of China’s great heroes, who completed an epic sixteen-year-long journey to discover the heart of Buddhism at its source in India. Eight centuries before Columbus, this intrepid pilgrim traveled 10,000 miles on the Silk Road, meeting most of Asia’s important leaders at that time. In this revised and updated edition, Sally Hovey Wriggins, the first Westerner to walk in Xuanzang’s footsteps, brings to life a courageous explorer and devoutly religious man. Through Wriggins’s telling of Xuanzang’s fascinating and extensive journey, the reader comes to know the contours of the Silk Road, Buddhist art and archaeology, the principles of Buddhism, as well as the geography and history of China, Central Asia, and India. The Silk Road Journey with Xuanzang is an inspiring story of human struggle and triumph, and a touchstone for understanding the religions, art, and culture of Asia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813365992
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
11/25/2003
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
937,073
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

PrefaceXIII
Notes on Spelling and PronunciationXVII
1The Pilgrim and the Emperor1
Studying in Monasteries6
Preparing Himself in Chang'an8
Beginning His Journey11
Being Lost in the Desert13
2The Oases of the Northern Silk Road19
Staying at the Hami Oasis20
Opposing the King of Turfan21
Visiting the Monasteries at Kucha26
Crossing the Tian Shan Mountains31
Meeting the Great Khan32
3The Crossroads of Asia37
Winning Over the King of Samarkand38
Poisoning at Kunduz40
Visiting Stupas in Balkh41
Seeing the Famous Buddhas at Bamiyan45
Finding Hidden Treasures in Kapisa49
4The Land of India55
Praying in the Shadow Cave at Jalalabad57
Pursuing King Kanishka Around Peshawar60
Seeking the Four Great Stupas and the Visvantara Site63
Collecting Healing Sutras and Trekking in the Swat Valley67
Exploring Monuments at Taxila71
Studying the Law in Kashmir73
5Philosophers and Pirates in Northern India77
Fleeing from Robbers in the Punjab78
Reaching Mathura, the Heartland of India80
Seeing the Sacred Ganges River84
Paying Reverence at the Heavenly Staircase85
Visiting King Harsha's Kingdom87
Pursuing Philosophy and Escaping from Pirates in Ayodhya90
Finding the Sandalwood Image at Kausambi92
6The Buddhist Holy Land97
Beholding the Site of the Great Miracle at Sravasti99
Seeking the Sacred Traces at Kapilavastu and Lumbini101
Paying Reverence at Kusinagara, Where the Buddha Died104
Paying Reverence at the Deer Park, in Sarnath106
Pursuing Holy Places at Vaisali112
Worshipping at the Bo Tree, in Bodh Gaya113
7Nalanda Monastery and Environs119
Meeting the Venerable One120
Riding an Elephant to Rajagriha (Rajgir)126
Climbing Vulture Peak128
Attending Lectures at Nalanda131
Lecturing and Writing at Nalanda133
8Philosophers, Caves, and a Fortune-Teller137
Traveling Around the East Coast139
Exploring a Rock-Cut Cave in South Kosala141
Visiting Andhra and the South144
Imagining Simhala (Sri Lanka)145
Touring the West Coast145
Staying at Nalanda Monastery Again152
Meeting with a Fortune-Teller155
9The Journey Home to China159
Meeting King Harsha160
Debating in the Grand Tournament163
Starting His Journey Back to China165
Losing Scriptures in the Indus River166
Crossing the Hindu Kush and Pamir Ranges167
Stopping at the Kashgar Oasis171
Waiting at the Khotan Oasis173
Entering the Desert179
10Back in China181
Resting at the Dunhuang Oasis183
Triumphant Return to Chang'an186
Being Interviewed by the Emperor190
Writing the Record of the Western Regions192
11The Last Years195
Licensing of 18,500 Buddhist Monks198
Death of the Emperor Taizong199
The Emperor Gaozong and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda200
Letters to the Emperors202
Xuanzang and a Bird204
The Perfection of Wisdom Sutra206
Final Illness and Death208
12The Legacy of Xuanzang211
Archaeological Legacy212
Among Art Historians214
Literary Heritage217
Translation Legacy219
From Specialist to Mainstream222
The Silk Road223
Bamiyan225
Buddhism225
World History226
Glossary229
Acknowledgments245
Maps247
Notes on Illustrations249
Notes265
Selected Bibliography303
Index317

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