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Tang Monk Titled Xuanzang
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Stamp Title: Tang Monk Titled Xuanzang
Serial Number: 2016-24
Piece in Set: 2+1
Denomination: 8.4 yuan
Date of Issue: 2016-09-04
Designer: Li Yunzhong, Yuan Yishan
Size of Stamp: 38×50mm
Perforation: 13
Sheet Composition:
Printer: Beijing Stamp Printing House
Printing Technology: Heliographic printing

Born in Luoyang City of central China's Henan Province during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 A.D.), the monk named Xuanzang was a scholar, traveler, Buddhist translator, founder of the Law Phase Buddhist School and honored as a Tripitaka Dharma Master.

After becoming a monk at age 13, he found opinions in Buddhist scriptures were divergent as he pursued his studies. So Xuanzang determined he would to travel west for knowledge.

He went west by Liangzhou of northwest China's Gansu Province in the Tang Zhenguan years (627-629 A.D.) and arrived in India. Xuanzang continued to study other places in India after learning at Nalanda Temple, center of Indian Buddhism, where he had debates with local scholars and won a reputation.

Returning to Changgan city, capital of Tang Dynasty in the 19th Zhenguan year (645 A.D.), Xuanzang translated 1,330 volumes of scripture and theory, which had great influence on the development of China's Buddhism.

His journal recording his experiences in the west, Buddhist Records of the Western World -- or the Mahaprajnaparamita Sutra and Prajnaparamita -- were passed on to later generations.

In accordance, China National Philatelic Corp. will issue a FDC, first day cover of small samples and a commemorative postmark.


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