Venerable Xuanzang: – For Wisdom Look East
Venerable Xuanzang: – For Wisdom Look East publication is a reboot of the history section under Art & Culture. Written with a mix of fiction and fact with Ven.Xuanzang as the protagonist, the publication looks at civilizations, wisdom, and learnings from history for a better tomorrow. The read works on qualities that stand the test of time without any religious affiliation and takes a philosophical note on the travels of Xuanzang. The publication includes a brief on Chinese history, an outline of a fictional account of Xuanzang’s journey that is the foundation of a short documentary and policies from the present times that lie at an intersection of history, thought leadership, foresightedness, sustained inventiveness and wellbeing. Creative with artistic flair, the work is extensive with more than 6000 words.
Venerable Xuanzang, is also known as Hiuen Tsang, was a Buddhist monk, traveler, scholar, linguist, debater, writer and humanitarian par excellence. He traveled through the silk route to India during the 7th century when King Harshavardhana, ruled the northern part of India. Xuanzang’s journey to India and back to China lasted seventeen years from 629 and 645. Hiuen Tsang was not the first monk to travel to India from China, Ven Faxian preceded him, however, Xuanzang’s mark on history remains impeccable and eternal. Born during the Tang dynasty, Hiuen’s journey is well chronicled in the book Great Tang Records on the Western Regions, written on the suggestion of Emperor Taizong. A folk hero and highly revered within the Chinese culture, Xuanzang is immortalized in the heroic Ming novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en. The journey remains hugely significant on multiple dimensions especially in understanding the prevailing art, culture, and religious practices in India. According to Dorothy Wong, an expert on Buddhist art in medieval China; Xuanzang, a highly revered figure in China is credited with translating Yogacara, which became the foundation for Nara Buddhism in Japan.
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# 600 BC onwards Chinese History in a Nutshell
The Chinese civilization embodies benevolence, wisdom, discipline, self-respect, family values, and constant innovation as some of its guiding principles for long-lasting propagation. The Han dynasty was not the first imperial kingdom to unite China, it was The Qin Dynasty. But historians consider the Han dynasty as the first breakout dynasty within the imperial saga, laying down the structure of an enduring civilization. The emergence of imperial China is marked by the birth of other major dynasties around the world that are either contemporaries or founded before the advent of the Han dynasty. Cyrus the Great, founded The Achaemenid Empire, the first Persian empire and the largest in the ancient world. Alexander The Great, brought the Greek civilization to its high point leaving a legacy as a General to be only matched by Julius Caesar. Caesar remains one of the most followed Generals even today. Caesar’s assignation led to the genesis of the Roman empire. The Maurya Empire (established in 322 BC) in India like the Han empire, characterizes the Golden age of Indian civilization and remains one of the greatest civilizations of all time. The Mayans in Mesoamerica captivated the world through art, culture, and the best sustainable agricultural practices in the world. Mayan civilization remains one of the most peaceful civilizations of the world, an apogee of wonder, engineering, and connectedness. Among the major philosophers, Confucius’s contribution to society is perhaps the greatest considering his teachings are the bedrock of the foundation of the Chinese civilization.
Han empire’s first emperor, Gaozu revived Confucianism, and Wu the Great cemented Confucius thought as the central tenet of Imperial China.