Chinese Monks in India: Biography of Eminent Monks Who Went by I-Ching, Latika Lahiri

By I-Ching, Latika Lahiri

Translation of the 7th century textual content Kao-Seng-Chuan (Biographies of Eminent priests) via the popular chinese language monk pupil I-Ching (A.D. 614-613). It includes biographies of fifty-six clergymen. one of the chinese language pilgrim-monk-scholars, who visited India.

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