Hyecho's Journey: The World of Buddhism

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 21, 2017 - Religion - 208 pages
In the year 721, a young Buddhist monk named Hyecho set out from the kingdom of Silla, on the Korean peninsula, on what would become one of the most extraordinary journeys in history. Sailing first to China, Hyecho continued to what is today Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, before taking the Silk Road and heading back east, where he ended his days on the sacred mountain of Wutaishan in China.
With Hyecho’s Journey, eminent scholar of Buddhism Donald S. Lopez Jr. re-creates Hyecho’s trek. Using the surviving fragments of Hyecho’s travel memoir, along with numerous other textual and visual sources, Lopez imagines the thriving Buddhist world the monk explored. Along the way, Lopez introduces key elements of Buddhism, including its basic doctrines, monastic institutions, works of art, and the many stories that have inspired Buddhist pilgrimage. Through the eyes of one remarkable Korean monk, we discover a vibrant tradition flourishing across a vast stretch of Asia. Hyecho’s Journey is simultaneously a rediscovery of a forgotten pilgrim, an accessible primer on Buddhist history and doctrine, and a gripping, beautifully illustrated account of travel in a world long lost.
 

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Contents

The Discovery of the Pilgrims Account
45
The Birthplace of the Pilgrim
59
The Pilgrim Sails for the Holy Land
71
The Buddha Enters Nirvāṇa
85
Two Buddhas Seated Side by Side
101
The Buddha Attains Enlightenment
117
The Buddha Is Born
131
City of the Buddhas Miracles
145
Past Lives of the Buddha
175
Buddhism Encounters Islam
191
The Pilgrim Passes Away
205
Coda
219
Acknowledgments
225
Notes
227
Bibliographic Note
235
Index
239

The Buddha Descends from Heaven
161

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About the author (2017)

Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan. His recent books include Strange Tales of an Oriental Idol: An Anthology of Early European Portrayals of the Buddha.

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