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The Silk Road Journey with Xuanzang

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The Silk Road Journey with Xuanzang tells the saga of the seventh-century Chinese monk Xuanzang, one of China's great heroes, who completed an epic sixteen-year-long journey to discover the heart of Buddhism at its source in India. Eight centuries before Columbus, this intrepid pilgrim traveled 10,000 miles on the Silk Road, meeting most of Asia's important leaders at that ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published November 27th 2003 by Basic Books (first published April 12th 1996)
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Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the books that I’ll always keep on my bookshelf. Having watched CCTV documentary 玄奘之路 on YouTube, I’ve been wanting to read book about Xuanzang’s journey to India. This work definitely helps me understand well about his arduous and difficult journey, and all kinds of difficulties he faced in his life. He has inspired me to believe how a human being can achieve with a strong and determined mind. His book has inspired generations of adventurers and help people to rediscover man ...more
Artur Matos
Jul 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: buddhism
Xuanzang's life was nothing short of extraordinary, and his legacy to Chinese Buddhism (and incidentally Korean and Japanese) lives to this day. I was really looking forward to read this book.

Unfortunately, I cannot really recommend it to anyone. The writing is awful and not engaging at all; furthermore, the author repeatedly tries to describe Xuanzang's experiences using Christian quotes and imagery, which is downright silly if not misleading. This one in particular made me cringe:

'To walk wher
Ata A
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Wow! Talk about an epic story of adventure and travel! Xuanzang travelled farther than frodo, probably more than 10000 miles, faced near equivalent evil, almost died several times in search of the original Sanskrit works of the siddharta Gautama Buddha! He was a Buddhist Frodo
Alex Lopez-barton
Very interesting overall perspective of the travels of Xuanzang. The lasting legacy part drags on a little and some small details make the book feel more academic than the other seems to have been going for. Worth a read to get an idea of the life of Xuanzang.
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Already one of my favourites, I am currently reading this book for the second time, and it has become all the more enchanting now after having visited the Buddhist ruins in Taxila myself, seeing the places that Xuanzang once saw, standing where he once stood. Wonderful book!
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary is an understatement
Feb 05, 2008 rated it liked it
A man whose travel writing was so precise that it can still be used as a guide more than a thousand years later
Sep 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Drier than the Gobi Desert.

Don't get me wrong, Xuanzang's life is fascinating and worth studying. But choose a different, more engaging text.
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