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A Record of Buddhist Kingdoms

Table of Contents

The chapter divisions are those in the text used by Legge. The titles are his, with minor editorial changes.

Critical Background (Read this!)
Father Wieger's Biography of Fǎxiǎn
Chapter 1
From Cháng’ān to the Sandy Desert
Chapter 2
On to Shànshàn
From Shànshàn to Yútián
Chapter 3
Processions of Images
The King’s New Monastery.
Chapter 4
Through the Cōng or “Onion” Mountains to Jiéchā
Chapter 5
Great Quinquennial Assembly of Monks
Relics of The Buddha
Productions of the Country
Chapter 6
On Towards North India
Image of Maitreya Bodhisattva
Chapter 7
Crossing of the Indus.
When Buddhism First Crossed the River for the East.
Chapter 8
Wūcháng. Monasteries and Their Ways.
Traces of the Buddha.
Chapter 9
Sùhēduō and a Legend of the Buddha.
Chapter 10
Gandhara and Legends of the Buddha.
Chapter 11
Takshasila’s Legends
The Four Great Stupas.
Chapter 12
Prophecy About King Kanishka and His Stupa.
The Buddha’s Alms-Bowl.
Death of Huìyīng.
Chapter 13
Festival of the Buddha’s Skull-Bone.
Other Relics and His Shadow.
Chapter 14
Death of Huìjǐng in the Little Snowy Mountains.
Rohi & Bannu: Crossing the Indus to the East.
Chapter 15
Bhida: Sympathy of Monks With the Pilgrims.
Chapter 16
On to Muttra
Condition and Customs of Central India
Of Monks, Viharas, and Monasteries
Chapter 17
The Buddha’s Ascent to and Descent From the Trayastrimsas Heaven
Other Legends.
Chapter 18
Buddha’s Preaching.
Chapter 19
Shāchí: Legend of Buddha’s Danta-Kashtha.
Chapter 20
Kosala and Sravasti
The Jetavana Vihara
Sympathy of the Monks With the Pilgrims
Other Memorials and Legends of the Buddha
Chapter 21
The Three Predecessors of Sakyamuni in Buddhaship
Chapter 22
Kapilavastu and Its Desolation.
Legends of Buddha’s Birth
Other Incidents in Connexion With It
Chapter 23
Rama and Its Stupa.
Chapter 24
Where Buddha Finally Renounced the World and Where He Died.
Chapter 25
The Stupa Called “Weapons Laid Down.”
The Council of Vaisali.
Chapter 26
Remarkable Death of Ananda.
Chapter 27
Pataliputtra, in Magadha
King Asoka’s Spirit-Built Palace and Halls.
The Buddhist Brahman: Radha-Sami
Dispensaries and Hospitals.
Chapter 28
Rajagriha, New and Old.
Legends and Incidents Connected With It
Chapter 29
Gridhra-Kuta Hill and Its Legends.
Fǎxiǎn passes a Night on It
His Reflections
Chapter 30
The Srataparna Cave, or Cave of the First Council
Suicide of a Bhikshu
Chapter 31
Sakyamuni’s Attaining to Buddhaship
Other Legends.
Chapter 32
Legend of King Asoka in a former Birth and His Naraka.
Chapter 33
Mount Gurupada, Where the Kasyapa Buddha’s Entire Skeleton Is
Chapter 34
On the Way Back to Patna
Varanasi, or Benares
Sakyamuni’s First Doings After Becoming a Buddha
Chapter 35
Dakshina and the Pigeon Monastery
Chapter 36
In Patna.
Fǎxiǎn’s Labours in Transcription of Manuscripts, and Indian Studies for Three Years
Chapter 37
To Champa and Tamalipti
His Stay and Labours There for Three Years
Fǎxiǎn Takes a Ship to Singhala, or Ceylon
Chapter 38
Ceylon: Rise of the Kingdom
Feats of Buddha
Stupas and Monasteries
Statue of Buddha in Jade
Bo Tree
Festival of Buddha’s Tooth
Chapter 39
Cremation of an Arhat
Sermon of a Devotee
Chapter 40
After Two Years Fǎxiǎn Takes Ship for China
Disastrous Passage to Java and Thence to China
Fǎxiǎn Arrives at Shāndōng and Goes to Nánjīng
Fǎxiǎn’s Summing Up
Conclusion or l’Envoi by Another Writer


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