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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813365992
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
11/25/2003
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
958,206
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Notes on Spelling and Pronunciation
1The Pilgrim and the Emperor1
2The Oases of the Northern Silk Road19
3The Crossroads of Asia37
4The Land of India55
5Philosophers and Pirates in Northern India77
6The Buddhist Holy Land97
7Nalanda Monastery and Environs119
8Philosophers, Caves, and a Fortune-Teller137
9The Journey Home to China159
10Back in China181
11The Last Years195
12The Legacy of Xuanzang211
Glossary229
Acknowledgments245
Maps247
Notes on Illustrations249
Notes265
Selected Bibliography303
Index317

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