By J. Takakusu
An creation to I-tsing's (Yijing) checklist of the Buddhist faith as practised in India and the Malay Archipelago (A.D. 671-695)
The written documents of his 25-year travels contributed to the worldknowledge of the traditional nation of Srivijaya, in addition to supplying information regarding the opposite kingdoms mendacity at the direction among China and the Nālandā Buddhist college in India.
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The Analects, IX, 2 S . 1 0 A Bodhisattva passes through three ASaI1khya (immeasurable: ages, practising charity, &c. ; I-tsing is here alluding to this. d 2 xxviii GENER A L liVTR OD UC TION. 1 Previous to my departure from home I returned to my native place (Cho-chou) from the capital (Ch'ang-an). I sought advice from my teacher, Hui-hsi, saying : ' Venerable Sir, I am intending to take a long journey ; for, if I witness that with which I have hitherto not been acquainted, there must accrue to me great advantage.
K ' u - l u n (K'u n - l u n, P u l o C o n d o re). K'u-lun is identical with K'un-lun, the Chinese name for Pulo Condore. The native name is Kon-non, Condore being a corruption of it. The Arab travellers of the ninth century call this group of islands by the name of Sundar � Fuhit, while Marco Polo names the same Su ndur and Condur. It consists of one isle of twelve miles long, two of two or three miles, and some six other smaller isles, the largest being specially called Pulo Condore. According to I-tsing, the people of these isles alone are woolly-haired with black complexion ( p.
Kampa . Chavannes, pp. 1 85, 1 8 7 . 4 Loc. ciL, p. 1 60, § 56. L IFE A 1VD TRA VE LS OF I- TSING. xxxvii III. H i s R e t u r n H om e , to h i s D e a t h. The Biography I tells us that I-tsing was twenty-five years (6 7 1 -695) abroad and travelled in more than thirty countries, and that he camc back to China at Midsummer in the first year of the Cheng-sheng period (695) of T'icn-hou (the queen-usurper, 684-704) ; further that he brought homc some four hundred different texts of Buddhist books, the slokas numbering 500,000, and a rcal plan of the Diamond Seat (Vagrasana) of the Buddha.