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Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms
Fa-Hien

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RECORD OF BUDDHISTIC KINGDOMS 

CHAPTER I 

FROM CH'ANG-GAN TO THE SANDY DESERT 

Fa-hien had been living in Ch'ang-gan.[1] Deploring the mutilated and
imperfect state of the collection of the Books of Discipline, in the
second year of the period Hwang-che, being the Ke-hae year of the
cycle,[2] he entered into an engagement with Kwuy-king, Tao-ching,
Hwuy-ying, and Hwuy-wei,[3] that they should go to India and seek for
the Disciplinary Rules.[4] 

After starting from Ch'ang-gan, they passed through Lung,[5] and came
to the kingdom of K'een-kwei,[6] where they stopped for the summer
retreat.[7] When that was over, they went forward to the kingdom of
Now-t'an,[8] crossed the mountain of Yang-low, and reached the
emporium of Chang-yih.[9] There they found the country so much
disturbed that travelling on the roads was impossible for them.  Its

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