By Samuel Beal

One of the quite a few travelogues, Hiuen Tsiangs Si yu ki or files of the Western international, is seemed to be the main useful assets booklet for the research of historical Indian hsitory. Si-yu-ki isn't really only a shuttle diary recording Hiuen Tsiang stopover at to numerous locations in India and the locations en direction, yet can also be an account of the stipulations of India through the 7th century. This trip was once undertaken by way of Hieun Tsiang basically with the intention to vacationing the Buddhist areas of pilgrimage and to hunt solutions to the questions agitating his brain. He used to be encouraged during this via the recollection of comparable trips undertaken centuries in the past by way of his predecessors, Fa hien Sung Yun and so on. approximately writer : Rev. Samuel Beal graduated in 1847 from Trinity collage, Cambridge. among 1852 and 1887 he labored as a Bishop within the British military and iafter retirement in 1888 turned the Rector of vegetables Norton, Towcester. In 1877 he was once appointed a lecturer in chinese language within the collage collage, London. Contents : creation Travels of Fa Hian or Fo Knoki The venture of Sung Yun and Hwel Sang Preface to the Ta Tang Si yu ki Thirty 4 international locations 3 international locations Fifteen nations Six Countires Additions and Corrections.

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And villages waste and desolate. The brielc foundation w alls88 of the old capital are about 10 li in circuit. There are few inhabitants, and the avenues of the town are deserted and waste. A t the north-east angle of the city gate87 is a stiipa which was built by A£6ka-ruja. This is the old house of C h u n d a (Chun-t’o ); 88 in the middle of it is a well which was dug at the time when he was about to make his offering (to Buddha). Although it has over­ flown for years and months, the water is still pure and sweet.

In the morning he gave him some rice-milk ('rice halls with milk). , the rest) to his alms-bowl with a great sigh. The Br&hman who supplied the food prostrating himself said, “ Eminent s ir ! (bhadanta), is there any reason why you should not remain with me one night ? is not the food agreeable ? ” After finishing his food he gathered up his robes as if to go. The Brahman said, “ Your reverence agreed to speak with me, why then are you silent ? ” That is, the relics were carried away from the world, and this caused the sorrow.

69 This is the temple which the royal prince when an infant {in swaddling clothes) entered. K ing Suddhodana was re­ turning from the L u m b in i (Lavani— La-fa-ni) garden,00 after having gone to meet the prince. Passing by this temple the king said, “ This temple is noted for its many spiritual exhibitions {miracles). ” A t this time the nurse (foster-mother), carry­ ing the child in her arms, entered the tem ple; then the stone image raised itself and saluted the prince. When the prince left, the image again seated itself.

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