Who was Xuanzang? - Buddhist Scholar of Medieval China
Welcome to Quatr.us Study Guides!

Who was Xuanzang?

map showing xuanzang traveling from changan to tashkent and then south to benares
Travels of Xuanzang (630 AD)

Xuanzang was a great Chinese scholar who lived in the 600s AD, under the T'ang dynasty. He was a Buddhist, and he wanted to see India, where the Buddha had lived. So he traveled from the Chinese capital at Changan to India and spent years living at the Guptan court, collecting information and books about the Buddha.

Many people were traveling more between China and the rest of Asia at this time, because the strong countries of Central Asia - the Tibetans and the Gokturks and the Sogdians - were making sure it was safe to travel along the Silk Road.

When Xuanzang got back to China, he wrote down an account of what Sogdiana and India were like. His story helps us to understand the Silk Road of his time, and Guptan India.

Learn by doing - Buddhism Project

Bibliography and further reading about Chinese Buddhism:

Buddhism
Chinese gods
Main Chinese religion page
Main India page
Ancient China
Quatr.us home


LIMITED TIME OFFER FOR TEACHERS: Using this article with your class? Show us your class page where you're using this article, and we'll send you a free subscription so all your students can use Quatr.us Study Guides with no distractions! (Not a teacher? Paid subscriptions are also available for just $16/year!)
Please help other teachers and students find us: link to this page from your class page.
Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
Cite this page
  • Author: K.E. Carr
  • Title:
  • Site Name: Quatr.us Study Guides
  • Publisher: Quatr.us
  • Date Published:
Did you find what you needed? Ask your teacher to link to this page so other people can use it too! Send it in and win a Quatr.us "Great Page!" award!
Sign up for more free articles and special offers in Quatr.us' weekly newsletter:
We will never share your e-mail address unless you allow us to do so. View our privacy policy. Easy unsubscribe links are provided in every email.
Comment on This Article

Does your class page honor diversity, celebrate feminism, and support people of color, LBGTQ people, and people with disabilities? Let us know, and we'll send you a Diversity Banner you can proudly display!
Looking for more?
Quatr.us is loading comments...
(Comments will appear after moderation, if they are kind and helpful. Feel free to ask questions, and we'll try to answer them.)
Cite this page
  • Carr, K.E. . Quatr.us Study Guides, . Web. 30 April, 2017
ADVERTISEMENT