Translation and Commentary of Xuanzang’s “Record of the Western Regions”


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Grants for Critical Editions and Scholarly Translations


Religious and Theological Studies


This project is concerned with the publication and the production of several chapters of Xuanzang's Datang Xiyu ji, "Record of the Western Regions of the Great Tang". The first three chapters of a total of twelve have been translated and been fully annotated and will be made ready for publication during the the project period by a professional editor. In the project period I intend to finish the fourth chapter and work on chapters eight and nine (the Magadha chapters) which include Xuanzang's "description" of the most important Buddhist sites in Bihar like Pataliputra, Nalanda, Rajagrha and Bodhgaya. The project will free me from teaching and administrative duties and anable me to focus on the writing of the commentary.