BBC Radio 4 „Great Lives“: Xuanzang, Chinese monk and traveller

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„Xuan­zang was a monk who trav­elled over­land through Cen­tral Asia to India and brought back near­ly 600 Bud­dhist texts.
It was an extra­or­di­nary jour­ney, and a life that reads like a fairy tale. Xuan­zang was born at the start of the sev­enth cen­tu­ry in Chi­na. He stud­ied as a monk and trav­elled for 16 years – first west­wards, and then in a cres­cent back and down over the Himalayas to India. He returned a famous man, laden with Bud­dhists texts and arte­facts.

His­to­ri­an Michael Wood has fol­lowed much of his route; he first dis­cov­ered Xuan­zang at uni­ver­si­ty and became intrigued about his life. „I’m tempt­ed to say this is one of the great­est lives in all the civil­i­sa­tions of the world,“ says Michael. Join­ing him in dis­cus­sion is Frances Wood and the pre­sen­ter Matthew Par­ris.“ (BBC)

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