The Unknown Hsuan  -  Tsang

The Unknown Hsuan - Tsang

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Author: D. Devahuti
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): D. Devahuti
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 184
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780195683493


This book stands out for its in-depth research on Hsuan-Tsang, a renowned Buddhist scholar who visited India in the seventeenth century AD.

Hsuan-Tsang is known as a Buddhist scholar who visited India in the seventeenth century AD. While his experiences and observations from these travels are well-documented and easily available to the English speaking world, there is a silence on the years that followed his return to China in AD.645. Works that translated Chines and Uigur text on the life of Hsuan-Tsang into German and French were in print as early as 1850s ,but have not been available to a wider audience.

This painstakingly researched book brings together a selection of the available material, translated in English. Devahuti's introduction and summary of life brings out in sharp focus, the contributions and impact of Hsuan-Tsang.

An inventory of the complete works of Hsuan-Tsang contained in the Korean Tripitaka has been made available in the appendix of this book.


‘The Unknown Hsuan-tsang … adds to as well as updates our knowledge of source material on the life and work of the Buddhist pilgrim from China …. Comparative study of various versions in different languages of the same text … reflects the high competence and hard work of Devahuti in this context.’
= Economic and Political Weekly

‘… A valuable addition to the scholarship on Hsuang Tsang. Of interest to the scholar and non-specialist alike, the book is a compilation of excerpts from old and recent translation … of Hsuang Tsang’s writings.’
= Frontline

‘… It is an achievement that through the publication of this volume most of this work will not be wasted and can be quoted by future scholars. It is, of course, of special interest t those working on the links between India and China.’
= CIAA Newsletter



Introduction: The Unknown Hsuan-Tsang

1. The Life of Hsuan-Tsang
2. Hsuan-Tsang, Prajna-Deva, Jnana-Prabha Correspondence
Part A: From the Chinese Text of the Life of Hsuan-tsang
Part B: From the Uigur Text of the Life of Hsuan-tsang
Letters of the Bibliography of Hsuan-tsang in Uigurish English translation of parts of Briefer der Uigurischen Huen-tsang Biographie by Annemarie Von Gabain :

3. Resume of Chapters Six - Ten of The Life
(Translated from the Histoire de la vie de Hiouen-thsang et de ses Voyages dans I'Inde by S. Julien)
Julien's Notes to His Resume of Life
4. The General Account of India in the Ta T' ANG HSI YU CHI (Records of the Western Lands of the Great T' ang Period)

The General Description of India
Kie-jo-kio-she-kwo (Kanyakubja)
Devahuti's Notes on Kanyakubja
Appendix : Inventory of the Complete works of Hsuantsang
Buddhist Texts Translated by Hsuan-tsang Listed in Chronological Order
Buddhist Texts Translated by Hsuan-tsang Listed in Alphabetical Order