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Xuanzang’s Journey to the West

Lecture no. 4 from the course: History's Greatest Voyages of Exploration

Xuanzang’s Journey to the West

Taught by Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Alarmed at inconsistencies in the Buddhist texts available to him, Xuanzang embarked on an illegal holy pilgrimage to acquire authoritative teachings. See how, in the process of the monk’s travels, he brought Buddhist traditions to the Confucian Chinese, achieved celebrity status, and became the central character in the greatest classical Chinese novel.

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p********m
October 23, 2017
Xuanzang confused the Confucians with yet more religious confusions than he himself had started with. Siddartha Gautama founded Buddhism; it was NOT ‘The Buddha’ who founded it. It is VERY important to name and identify Siddartha’s human history. He did not call himself ‘the Buddha’. Only idolatrous followers called him that – especially nationalist kings and emperors who were abusing his status for their own political purposes, as is common with religious leaders AFTER they die. Alexander 'The Great' was not the only Asian leader to have his own face imprinted on Buddhist statues as a marketing exercise for his own power. TRAVELLER BEWARE: idolatry is a grave offense to the one true God. This includes the idolisation of humans. If Xuanzang had travelled a little further west then he may have discovered this truth. Instead, it took another epic lifetime journey by another courageous travelling monk – Hudson Taylor – to bring that truth to China in the late 19th Century.

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m********m
January 1, 2017

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r********m
December 20, 2016
Excellent, captivating histories told with a beautiful narrative style. Definitely worth a watch!

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