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A Biography of the Tripitaka Master of the Great Ci'en Monastery of the Great Tang Dynasty (Bdk English Tripitaka Translation Series) Hardcover – July 12, 1995

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Chinese

About the Author

The BDK English Tripitaka Series was started by the late Dr. Rev. Yehan Numata, founder of the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK) [Society for the Promotion of Buddhism.] The goal of this series is to make available in the English language the Buddhist scriptures and commentaries of the Sino-Japanese edition of the "Taisho Tripitaka." Scholars and specialists from throughout the world have been enlisted to translate the selected texts into English. When completed, the one-hundred eight volumes will comprise the First Series of the BDK English Tripitaka.
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  • Series: Bdk English Tripitaka Translation Series (Book 77)
  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research (July 12, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886439001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886439009
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,035,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By wt on June 2, 2013
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Don't be fooled by the hefty title and scholarly cover of this book, inside is a grand adventure waiting to unfold! This book is an account of the amazing life and journey of the Tang dynasty monk Xuanzang who, drawing on his own initiative and inner resources, travelled overland via the silk route from China to India with the noble intention of acquiring the true teachings of the Buddha in original Buddhist texts, so as to clear up prevailing scriptural confusion in his homeland.

Most people know Xuanzang as the effeminate, somewhat hapless monk who has to be shepherded by his clever monkey-disciple in the fictionalized story "Journey To The West". Few know that the real Xuanzang was one of the most courageous and heroic men the world has ever known. This biography, transcribed by his disciple, records Xuanzang's arduous 19-year journey to and sojourn in India and the awe-inspiring feats and ordeals he underwent in fulfilling his mission. The account gives the most imaginative romances and boldest adventures a run for their money. In fact, this epic adventure beats them all, because this is not fiction, it is real. This man actually existed. He went. He saw. He learnt. He thrived and survived. He came back. He recorded and translated. He left a legacy with deep roots. Today, Buddhism thrives in the East because of his efforts. Today, the Indian subcontinent's Buddhist history is uncovered because of him and his records.

One can learn a lot from reading this book. One learns not just about the cultures of the day that Xuanzang encountered, not just about the geography of the areas he passed through, not just about the spread and structure of Buddhist communities and the monastic orders of the time, but about the immensity of the human spirit in its quest for truth.
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