Life of Hiuen-Tsiang
With an Introduction Containing an
Account of the Works by I-Tsing
By Shaman Hwui Li
May 2003, Reprint of 1911 Edition
Translated from Chinese & Introduction by Samuel Beal
Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers
235 pages, Illustrated, 5 3/4" x 8 3/4"
This book contains a biographical account of his life by his disciple Hwui Li. It elucidates the details relating to the events in the life of the great scholars, saint and pilgrim traveler. The life is divided into five books and covers the entire life-span of Hiuen-Tsiang, beginning with his birth till his death in the year 664. The description of the eventful life of his master which was as much occupied by travels as by an almost unbelievably gigantic task of translating a large number of original Buddhist works from Sanskrit into Chinese is marked by reverential attitude and makes a fascinating reading. But more than that, it is a compendium of information on contemporary China, India and those remote parts of Central Asia which the great pilgrim traversed during his journey to India. Samuel Beal's translation of this book from original Chinese is an authentic rendering with copious notes on controversial matters. It also contains an account of the works if I-Tsing who also journeyed into India in the footsteps of Hiuen-Tsiang.
Ancient History; Buddhism
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