The Historical Moment And Legend 's Impact On Buddhist Religion

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XuanZang was a legendary Buddhist monk who traveled during the post-classical era from AD 627-643. He was also a Buddhologist, traveller, and promoter of culture among the nations of Asia. Xuanzang traveled the Silk Road which is one of the largest trade routes in the ancient world. On his long voyage that lasted him sixteen years he introduced religion, ideas, and culture that linked China to the rest of the Kingdoms of the west. Xuanzang is considered a historical moment and legend who 's impact on Buddhist religion in China has changed their religious customs providing manuscripts, Sanskrit text, and relics. In Xuanzang early life he was guided by his father to read classical text. Not like most children he received a full education at a young age being instructed by his father. He was the youngest of four children and his grandfather was the head of the Imperial University at Beijing. By the age of eight of he was very familiar with complicated Confucian rituals. Xuanzang father died in 611 and his older brother Chensu noticed that Xuanzang was “deeply given to the study of religious doctrine” (WOTW pg 2). Chensu became a primary influence on his life taking him to Luoyang (monastery) to teach him the basics of Buddhism. Luoyang is where Chensu was groomed to become a monk. At the monastery Xuanzang studied the sacred text of the Buddhist faith with all of the other young converts. At thirteen years old Zheng Shanguo mad an exception for Xuanzang to take Buddhist…
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