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A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms: Being an Account by the Chinese Monk Fa-Hsien of his Travels in India and Ceylon (A.D. 399-414) in Search of the Buddhist Books of Discipline

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This country originally had no human inhabitants, but was occupied only by spirits and nâgas, with which merchants of various countries carried on a trade.... Through the coming and going of merchants... when they went away, the people of their various countries heard how pleasant the land was, and flocked to it in numbers till it became a great nation. -from "Chapter XXXV ...more
Paperback, 123 pages
Published December 31st 1991 by Dover Publications (first published February 15th 1886)
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I was glad read this history of this monk who traveled to India and Ceylon to learn more about Buddhism. I did find it confusing and in nature of literature of its day, it is mostly a short travelogue of his trip. A very worthy piece of history but enough detail for me as a modern reader.
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Monastic name is Fǎxiǎn
Name is also spelled as Fâ-hien, fa-xian, Faxian, Faoxian, Fsian, Fasian, etc, due to various translations. Most common romanized version is used above (mostly for ease of typing)

More about Faxian...
Travels of Fah-Hian and Sung-Yun, Buddhist Pilgrims; From China to India (400 A.D. and 518 A.D.) The pilgrimage of Fa Hian Comprising The Analects of Confucius, The Sayings of Mencius, The Shi-King, The Travels of Fâ-Hien, and The Sorrows of Han Chinese Literature Comprising the Analects of Confucius, the Sayings of Mencius, the Shi-King, the Travels of Fâ-Hien, and the Sorrows of Han Chinese Literature

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“There are four places of regular and fixed occurrence (in the history of) all Buddhas:--first, the place where they attained to perfect Wisdom (and became Buddha); second, the place where they turned the wheel of the Law;(20) third, the place where they preached the Law, discoursed of righteousness, and discomfited (the advocates of) erroneous doctrines; and fourth, the place where they came down, after going up to the Trayatrimsas heaven to preach the Law for the benefit of their mothers.” 0 likes
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