The Chinese Buddhist Pilgrims visited India during the early centuries of the Christian era. The Buddhist literature of China contains the records of their travels, the authenticity of which is vouchsafed by the fact that they embody the testimony of independent eye-witnesses as to the facts related in them. Hiuen Tsiang the most famous Chinese traveller composed the Ta-t'ang-si-yu-ki in twelve books. The records are very interesting as they refer to the geogrphy, history, manners and religion of the people of the countries West of China, of India in particular, visited by the pilgrims.The reader will find ample material for study on some important questions in this book: the different manners and customs of separate people, the various products of the different soils and the diverse class divisions of the society; when Buddhism flourished and when Buddhism declined as also how the devoted pilgrims encountered the perils of travel in foreign and nd endured sufferings by desert, mountain and sea.Beginning with an introduction to the life of Buddha, Geshe Kelsang then explains the central principles behind the Buddhist way of life and what it means to be a Buddhist. He introduces the reader to subjects such as karma, reincarnation, and cyclic existence, all the while showing how we can apply these teachings to our everyday life.|
About the Author:
GESHE KELSANG GYATSO is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. He has also founded many Buddhist Centres throughout the world.