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Si-Yu-Ki or the Buddhist Records of the Western World: trans. From the Chinese of Hiuen Tsiang AD 629, 2 vols. (bd in 1)

Samuel Beal

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ISBN 10: 8121507413 / ISBN 13: 9788121507417
Published by Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India, 2014
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Among the various travelogues, Hiuen Tsiang's Si-yu-ki or Records of the Western World, is regarded to be the most valuable source-book for the study of ancient Indian history. Si-yu-ki is not merely a travel-diary recording Hiuen Tsing's visit to various places in India and the places en route, but is also an account of the conditions of India during the seventh century. This journey was undertaken by Hiuen Tsiang primarily with a view to visiting the Buddhist places of pilgrimage and to seek answers to the questions agitating his mind. He was inspired in this by the recollection of similar journeys undertaken centuries ago by his predecessors, Fa-hien, Sung Yun and many others. Born at Loyang in the year 600, Hiuen Tsiang set out on this journey to the regions west of China and to India at the age of twentynine (629) from Chang' an in West China. Travelling by the northern route which took him to Turfan, Kara Shahr, Lake Issyk Kul, Tashkent, Samarkand, Balkh and Bamiyan, he arrived in the Kingdom of Gandhara towards the end of the year 630. There-from he proceeded to India and practically traversed the entire country going as far south as Kanchi and Nasik, Valabhi and Multan in the west. During his sojourn he spent nearly eight years, from 635 to 643, in Harsha's dominions and stayed for about fifteen months at Nalanda, learning the Yogachara doctrine which he afterwards enunciated in a book on his return to his country. Early in 645 he reached China, returning by the southern route passing through Kashgar, Yarkand, Khotan and Lop-nor. On his return to China, where he was received with great honour and bestowed the title Master of the Law, he took to the work of compiling an account of his travels. In the present volume, Samuel Beal has included, for the sake to completeness, Travels of Fa-hian or Fo-Kwo-ki. The Hwei-Sang and the preface to the Si-Yu-Ki by Chang Yueh. Printed Pages: 726. Size: 15 x 23 Cm. Bookseller Inventory # 028488

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Title: Si-Yu-Ki or the Buddhist Records of the ...

Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, India

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Edition: Third Edition.

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... THE TRAVELS OF FA-HIAN. BUDDHIST-COUNTRY-RECORDS. By Fa-hian, the S'dkya of the Sung (Dynasty). [date, 400 A.d.] I. Fa-hian, when formerly residing at Ch'ang-an,1 regretted the imperfect condition of the Vinaya pitaka. Whereupon, afterwards, in the second year of Hung-shi, the cyclic year being Chi-hai? he agreed with Hwui-king, Tao-ching, Hwui-ying, Hwui-wu, and others, to go to India for the purpose of seeking the rules and regulations (of the Vinaya). Starting on their way from Ch'ang-an, they crossed the Lung (district) and reached the country of K'ien-kwei;s here they rested during the rains. The season of the rains being over, going forward, they came to the country of Niu-t'an;4 crossing the Yang-lu hills, they reached Chang-yeh,5 a military station. Chang-yeh at this time was much disturbed, and the roadways were not open. The king6 of Chang-yeh being anxious, kept them there, himself entertaining them. Thus they met Chi-yen, Hwui-kin, Sang-shau, Pao-yun, Sang-king, and others; pleased that they were like-minded, they kept the rainy season together. The rainy season being over, they again pressed on to reach Tun-hwang.7 The fortifications here are perhaps 80 li in extent from east to west, and 40 li from north to south. They all stopped here a month and some days, when Fa-hian and others, five men in all, set out first, in the train of an official, and so again parted with Pao-yun and the rest. The prefect of Tun-hwang, called Li-ho, provided them with means to cross the desert (sand-river)? In this desert are many evil demons and hot winds; when encountered, then all die without exception. There are no flying birds above, no roaming beasts below, but everywhere gazing as far as the eye can reach in search of the onward route, it...

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