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THE LIFE OF HIUEN – TSIANG

by SAMUEL BEAL

  • Category Antiquities
  • Format Paperback
  • Imprint Rupa
  • Price 195
  1. ISBN: 9.79E+12
  2. Pages: 356 pages
  3. Date: 1990

ABOUT THIS BOOK

A riveting narrative about one of the worlds most celebrated travellers.

One of the first pilgrims to travel to India from China, Hiuen-Tsiang was a monk whose journeys brought him in close contact with Indias flourishing Buddhist culture, giving him a deep understanding of the political, social, and economic scenarios of the country.

Translated in the mid-nineteenth century by Samuel Beal, this gripping account of a scholars journeys takes us across seventeen years of travel through the Gobi desert, to the ancient monasteries of Kabul, and finally to the hotbed of Buddhism, India. Known as the Master of the Law, Hiuen-Tsiang provided an insightful commentary on Indias social structure during the times of monarchs such as Ashoka and Harsha.

A book replete with undertones of adventure and wanderlust, The Life of Hiuen- Tsiang is a riveting narrative about one of the world’s most celebrated travellers.

AUTHOR OF THE BOOK

Samuel Beal (1825 – 1889) graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1847. Between 1852 and 1887, he worked in the British Navy. Beal specialized in Chinese studies. His works include his own writings as well as translations. some of his famous works are Catena Of Buddhist Scriptures From The Chinese (1871) and Life Of Hiuen Tsang (1888)