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ISBN: 
1-886439-00-1
Publisher: 
BDK America
Pages: 
248
Publish Date: 
1995
Format: 
Hardcover
Translator(s): 
Li Rongxi
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This biography of the eminent seventh-century scholar-monk Xuanzang records his travels to India and subsequent achievements on his return to China. Complete in one volume.

A Chinese monk's account of Buddhist India
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Volume 50

A Biography of the Tripiṭ­aka Master of the Great Ci'en Monastery of the Great Tang Dynasty

This text, A Biography of the Tripiṭaka Master of the Great Ci’en Monastery of the Great Tang Dynasty, follows the life and travels of Xuan-zhuang, the author of the Record of the Western Regions of Greater Tang (Ch. Da-tang-xi-yu-ji), Taisho 100. Starting with Xuan-zhuang’s birth, this biography describes his journey lasting more than ten years from China to India in search of the Dharma, and then goes on to record his achievements after his return to China. It is thus a complete biography, and whereas Record of the Western Regions is compiled on the basis of firsthand observations of geographical features, etc., this more personal work is centered on the account of his actual journey.

Note: This work is said to be the model for the Chinese popular fable, The Monkey King (Ch.: Xi-you-ji), written during the Ming Dynasty.

Source
Composed by Hui-li (Jpn.: Eryū); supplemented by Yan-cong. 10 fascicles.

Table of Contents

A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka      NUMATA Yehan      v
Editorial Foreword      
HANAYAMA Shayu      vii
Publisher's Foreword     Philip Yampolsky     ix


A Biography of the Tripiṭaka Master of the Great Ci'en Monastery of the Great Tang Dynasty

Translator's Introduction Li Rongxi   1
Preface    Shi Yancong      5

Fascicle I      Beginning from His Birth at Goushi and Ending with His Arrival at Gaochang in the West   11

Fascicle II     Beginning with the Country of Agni and Ending with the Country of Kanyākubja   37

Fascicle III    Beginning with the Country of Ayodhyā and Ending with the Country of Īraaparvata      75

Fascicle IV Beginning with the Country of Campā and Ending with the Invitation of the King of Kāmarūpa   107

Fascicle V    Beginning with the Prediction of a Nirgrantha about His Homeward Journey and Ending with His Arrival at the Western Canal in the Imperial Capital   137

Fascicle VI     Beginning with His Arrival at the Western Capital in the First Month of the Spring in the Nineteenth Year and Ending with His Thanks for the Preface Written by the Emperor to the Scriptures and the Emperor's Reply in the Sixth Month ofthe Summer in the Twenty-Second Year     173

Fascicle VII    Beginning with the Composition of the "Statement of the Sacred Preface" by the Crown Prince in the Sixth Month of the Summer in the Twenty-Second Year and Ending with a Reply by the Master in the Second Month of the Spring in the Fifth Year ofYonghui   203

Fascicle VIII    Beginning with the Translation of the Nyāyamukha Śāstra in the Fifth Month of the Summer in the Sixth Year of Yonghui and Ending with the Expression of Thanks by Court Officials for the Inscription Com- posed by the Emperor for the Monastery in the Third Month of the Spring in the First Year ofXianqing      237

Fascicle IX       Beginning with a Letter of Thanks for the Completion of the Inscription of the Ci'en Monastery in the Third Month of the First Year of Xianqing and Ending with His Return to the Western Capital with the Emperor in the First Month of the Third Year    275

Fascicle X   Beginning with His Return to the Western Capital with the Emperor from Luoyang in the First Month of the Third Year of Xian- qing and Ending with His Demise at Yuhua Palace in the Second Month of the First Year of Linde     325


Glossary   351
Selected Bibliography    359
Index   361
A List of the Volumes of the BDK English Tripi
aka (First Series)    377 

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