Bronze Statue of Pioneering Xuanzang Shipped to India
07-24-2018    Xinhua
<P align=center><EM><BR>Ven. Jiyun, Lingyin Monastery hosted purification ceremony<BR><BR><BR>Buddhist disciples reciting sutras sincerely</EM></P>

<P align=center><EM><BR>Setting-out ceremony in the Dharma-instruction Hall</EM></P>

<P align=center><EM><BR>Packing the bronze statue</EM></P>

<P align=center><EM><BR>Eminent Xuanzang bronze statue</EM></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Xinhua, Aug. 5, 2006</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Hangzhou</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN lang=EN-US>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region> -- A two-and-a-half-ton bronze statue of Xuanzang (602-664), an eminent Chinese Buddhist monk of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), was shipped from here to <st1:country-region w:st="on">India</st1:country-region> via <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Shanghai</st1:place></st1:City> on August 5 (Saturday). </SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The 3.5-meter high statue was made by artisans of Shendiao Group Company in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Zhejiang</st1:place></st1:State>, said a spokesman from Zhejiang Provincial Religious Affairs Department.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>A group of specialists from the State Administration of Religious Affairs in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Beijing</st1:place></st1:City> on August 1 (Tuesday) examined the statue and approved its export.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The statue will be placed in a memorial named after Xuanzang inside <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Nalanda</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Temple</st1:PlaceType> in <st1:place w:st="on">Bihar</st1:place>, an ancient center of Buddhist learning. </SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Listed as one of the many activities for the Sino-Indian Year of Culture 2006, the memorial will be open to worshippers in November. </SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Xuanzang received a classical Confucian education before converting to Buddhism. </SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Troubled by discrepancies in the sacred texts, he left for <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">India</st1:place></st1:country-region> in 629 to study the religion at its source. He traveled by foot across Central Asia and reached <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">India</st1:place></st1:country-region> in 633. </SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>After studying at the famous Nalanda monastery, he returned home in 645 to a hero's welcome, bringing back hundreds of Buddhist texts, including some of the most important Mahayana scriptures, and spent the rest of his life translating. </SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Xuanzang's life inspired the novel "Journey to the West", an ancient Chinese literary classic commonly known to Western readers as the "Monkey King".</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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