In AD 629 the monk Xuanzang went from China to India to gather texts from which the Chinese could learn more about Buddhism. He translated and returned with 700 texts in 645.
I like to think of what it must have been like to take the full Silk Road while guarding 700 Buddhist works.
This English translation of a 7th-century Chinese text includes the biographies of 56 Chinese Buddhist monks who visited India on pilgrimage, with the accounts of their travel adventures.
To be started soon.
@Goldie Hey, I just read about him, in /Life Along the Silk Road/, by Susan Whitfield, :-)
@BasilDragonstrike Nice! Good one? I have Xuanzang: A Buddhist Pilgrim on the Silk Road from Sally Wriggins sitting in an online shopping cart...
Medievalists and Medieval-adjacent. Sort-of.