By Samuel Beal
One of the numerous travelogues, Hiuen Tsiangs Si yu ki or documents of the Western international, is looked to be the main invaluable assets booklet for the learn of old Indian hsitory. Si-yu-ki isn't in simple terms a trip diary recording Hiuen Tsiang stopover at to numerous locations in India and the locations en direction, yet is additionally an account of the stipulations of India throughout the 7th century. This trip was once undertaken through Hieun Tsiang basically in order to vacationing the Buddhist areas of pilgrimage and to hunt solutions to the questions agitating his brain. He used to be encouraged during this through the recollection of comparable trips undertaken centuries in the past through his predecessors, Fa hien Sung Yun and so forth. approximately writer : Rev. Samuel Beal graduated in 1847 from Trinity university, Cambridge. among 1852 and 1887 he labored as a Bishop within the British military and iafter retirement in 1888 grew to become the Rector of vegetables Norton, Towcester. In 1877 he used to be appointed a lecturer in chinese language within the collage university, London. Contents : creation Travels of Fa Hian or Fo Knoki The project 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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B y the side of the place where the coffin was detained is a st4 pa; this is where the queen M a h a m a y a 105 wept for Buddha. Tathagata having departed, and his body being laid in the coffin, then Aniruddha, ascending to the heavenly mansions, addressed the queen May& and said, “ The supremely holy Lord of Religion has now died ! ” Maya having heard of it, suppressed her sobs, and with the body of Devas came to the two sdla trees. Seeing the sahghdti robe, and the pdtra, and the religious staff, she embraced them as she recognised each, and then ceased awhile to act,106 till once again with loud accents she cried, “ The happiness of men and gods is done !
P. 367. 17 D 50 RECORDS OF W E ST E R N COUNTRIES, [ b o o k v ir . 10 The good effects of this conduct spread itself little by little on every side; men were able to distinguish the high from the low, and the religious and lay people fol lowed their example. Not far from this, in a great forest, is a stupa. It was here that D e v a d a tt a and Bodhisattva, in years gone by, were kings of deer and settled a certain matter. Eormerly in this place, in the midst of a great forest, there were two herds of deer, each 500 in number.
To the north-east of the capital, on the western side of the river Varana, is a stupa,4 built by ASoka-raja (Wu-yau). It is about ioo feet high; in front of it is a stone pillar; it is bright and shining as a mirror; its surface is glisten ing and smooth as ice, and on it can be constantly seen the figure of Buddha as a shadow. 5 Its precincts are divided into eight portions (sections),0 con nected by a surrounding wall. The storeyed towers with projecting eaves and the balconies are of very superior work.