The Journey of Xuanzang: An Introduction

Xuanzang-Reading

The Journey of Xuanzang is a lavishly illustrated 12-part biography of the great Chinese traveler and translator Xuanzang, based on Records of the Western World and A Biography of the Tripitaka Master.

Read More: The Journey of Xuanzang: An Introduction

The History and Production of Silk

Women making Silk, 12th century

In July 2007, archeologists discovered intricately woven and dyed silk textiles in a tomb in Jiang-xi province, dated to the Eastern Zhou Dynasty roughly 2,500 years ago.

Read More: The History and Production of Silk

The Silk Road Transmission of Buddhism

Central Asian Monks

The Silk Road transmission of Buddhism to China started in the 3rd century BCE during the reign of the first emperor of China, Qin Shihuang.

Read More: The Silk Road Transmission of Buddhism

The Travels and Work of Xuan-zang

Xuan-zang Statue at the Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi-an

Xuan-zang was fully ordained as a monk in 622, at the age of twenty. The myriad contradictions and discrepancies in the texts at that time prompted Xuan-zang to decide to go to India and study in the cradle of Buddhism.

Read More: The Travels and Work of Xuan-zang

Introduction to The Silk Road Series

Graeco-Indian Buddha Figure

Tomorrow I start posting the 12-part Silk Road series. I found this series about 2 years ago, and have watched it all the way through three times by now, and individual episodes at other times.

Read More: Introduction to The Silk Road Series