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India in China: The Gift of Buddha

Samuel Beal (Translator) India Bookvarsity Lotus Choices

Most religions of the world have been spread with force, killing mercilessly those who did not agree to convert, the after effects of which are being experienced till date, of which the present terrorism is also a result; but the religion of Lord Buddha did not take this course and, on the contrary was invited by the Chinese to come over and teach; their scriptures were translated in very large numbers; stupas were erected one after the other; and one of their Mongol kings, Kublai Khan, utilized its ideology of peace and compassion to change the behaviour pattern of his violent, quarrelsome, always ready to attack and fight everyone everywhere, people-a point not till now noted. As such Buddhism’s contribution to history is significant and should similarly be utilized to calm down the present day situation.

The book presents the enlightening story of the spread of Buddhism in China, along with the details of a Fa Hian and Huen Tsang’s perilous travels to India, in search of the real tenets of the religion. It is a remarkable saga of human cooperation and endurance in their highest form.

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About the author

Samuel Beal

Rev. Samuel Beal (1825-89), graduated in 1847 from Trinity College, Cambridge. Between 1852 and 1887 he worked as a Bishop in the British Navy and after retirement in 1888 became the Rector of Greens-Norton, Towcester. In 18777 he was appointed a lecturer in Chinese in the University College, London. His main contribution was to Buddhist studies and translations of the accounts of the Chinese travelers. His main publications include: Travels of Buddhist Pftgrims (translated from the Chinese, 1869); Catena of Buddhist Scriptures (translated from the Chinese, 1872); Romantic Legend of Buddha (1875); and Dhamma-pada, or Texts from the Buddhist Canon (1878).

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Bibliographic information

Title India in China: The Gift of Buddha
Author Samuel Beal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.04.2012
Edition Reprint
Publisher Lotus Press
Language: English
isbn 9788183822916
length 335p., Illustrations; 23cm.