Yuan Chwang's Travels in India

Yuan Chwang's Travels in India

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...him the name Jyotishka because he had been saved from fire (Jyotis). In the course of time the boy was claimed by his maternal uncle, and he rose to be a man of wealth and magnificence beyond imagination. In his house the walls were of silver and the floors of crystal, the furniture was of gold and other precious substances, his slaves were of heavenly beauty, and unseen devices wrought visible wonders. King Ajatasatru coveted the house and its contents, and Jyotishka in order to avoid 1 Mahavastu T. II, p. 271 gives only the story of Jyotishka's previous existence. L 164 FOUNDATION OF NALANDA. trouble gave away everything in alms, then entered the Buddhist church and rose to he an arhat. All the temporal and spiritual greatness of this man was explained by the Buddha as the result of religious merit acquired by him in the time of a Buddha who belonged to an era in the far off past.1 This story of Jyotishka does not seem to be known to the Pali scriptures so far as these are at present accessible. The narrative proceeds. From the Rahula tope a journey of above 30 li brings one to the Nalanda Monastery. The tradition was that in a Mango wood to the south of this monastery was a tank the dragon of which was called Nalanda and that his name was given to the monastery. But the facts of the case were that Ju-lai as a P'usa had once been a king with his capital here, that as king he had been honoured by the epithet Nalanda or "Insatiable in giving" on account of his kindness and liberality, and that this epithet was given as its name to the monastery. The grounds of the establishment were originally a Mango Park bought by 500 merchants for ten koti of gold coins and presented by them to the Buddha. Here soon after the decease of the Buddha, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236500644
  • 9781236500649