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    DescriptionIn 629, the revered Buddhist monk Hsuan Tsang set out across Asia in search of the Ultimate Truth, and to settle what he called "the perplexities of my mind." From the Tang dynasty capital at Xian through ancient Silk Road oases, over forbidding mountain passes to Tashkent, Samarkand, and the Amu-Darya River, across Pakistan to the holiest cities of India-and back again-his sixteen-year journey was beset with every hardship imaginable. Pilgrimage complete, Hsuan Tsang wrote an account of his trek that is still considered one of the classics of Chinese literature. In 1998, Richard Bernstein, venerated journalist and "Time" magazine's first Beijing bureau chief, retraced the steps of Hsuan Tsang's long and sinuous route, comparing present and past. Aided by modern technology but hampered by language barriers, harried border crossings, hostile Islamic regimes, and the accidental U.S. bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Bernstein follows the monk's path not only in physical but in contemplative ways. Juxtaposing his own experiences with those of Hsuan Tsang, Bernstein has crafted a vivid account of two stirring adventures in pursuit of illumination. Inspiring and profoundly felt, Ultimate Journey is a marvelous amalgamation of travelogue and history, cultural critique and spiritual meditation.


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    Title
    Ultimate Journey
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Bernstein
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780679781578
    ISBN 10: 0679781579
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC subject category V2: WTH, WTL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    DC22: B
    BIC subject category V2: HRAX
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 23690
    B&T General Subject: 800
    BIC subject category V2: HRE
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    Ingram Subject Code: TR
    Libri: I-TR
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 921
    BISAC V2.8: TRV010000
    Ingram Theme: RELI/BUDDHI, CULT/ASIAN
    BISAC V2.8: REL007000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FP
    BISAC V2.8: TRV003030
    LC subject heading: , , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: REL007010
    DC21: 294.392
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: BQ8149.H787 B47 2002
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    23 MAPS AND 1 ILLUSTRATION
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Vintage Books
    Publication date
    01 May 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Richard Bernstein lives in New York City.
    Review quote
    "Wonderful.... Deserves to become a classic in its own right."-"The New York Times Book Review ""Bernstein has the ability with his lucid, penetrating prose to connect the distant past to the way we live today."-Gay Talese "An engaging read, a trek that rewards with its richly tapestried background and its refreshing pauses for thoughtful historical and aesthetic insight."-"Los Angeles Times """Ultimate Journey" tells many tales at once, each with admirable skill. . . . There is much to ponder in the words written on the pages of this book." --"The New York Times Book Review"
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    In 629, the revered Buddhist monk Hsuan Tsang set out across Asia in search of the Ultimate Truth, and to settle what he called "the perplexities of my mind." From the Tang dynasty capital at Xian through ancient Silk Road oases, over forbidding mountain passes to Tashkent, Samarkand, and the Amu-Darya River, across Pakistan to the holiest cities of India-and back again-his sixteen-year journey was beset with every hardship imaginable. Pilgrimage complete, Hsuan Tsang wrote an account of his trek that is still considered one of the classics of Chinese literature. In 1998, Richard Bernstein, venerated journalist and "Time magazine's first Beijing bureau chief, retraced the steps of Hsuan Tsang's long and sinuous route, comparing present and past. Aided by modern technology but hampered by language barriers, harried border crossings, hostile Islamic regimes, and the accidental U.S. bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Bernstein follows the monk's path not only in physical but in contemplative ways. Juxtaposing his own experiences with those of Hsuan Tsang, Bernstein has crafted a vivid account of two stirring adventures in pursuit of illumination. Inspiring and profoundly felt, Ultimate Journey is a marvelous amalgamation of travelogue and history, cultural critique and spiritual meditation.