Journeys on the Silk Road: A Desert Explorer, Buddha's Secret Library, and the Unearthing of the World's Oldest Printed Book

Journeys on the Silk Road: A Desert Explorer, Buddha's Secret Library, and the Unearthing of the World's Oldest Printed Book

Joyce Morgan, Conrad Walters


while a chinese language monk broke right into a hidden collapse 1900, he exposed one of many world’s nice literary secrets and techniques: a time pill from the traditional Silk street. within, scrolls have been piled from ground to ceiling, undisturbed for 1000 years. The gem inside of was once the Diamond Sutra of advert 868. This key Buddhist educating, made 500 years earlier than Gutenberg inked his press, is the world’s oldest published publication.

The Silk street as soon as associated China with the Mediterranean. It conveyed retailers, pilgrims and ideas. yet its cultures and oases have been swallowed by way of moving sands. vital to the Silk Road’s rediscovery was once a guy named Aurel Stein, a Hungarian-born pupil and archaeologist hired via the British provider.

Undaunted by means of the immense Gobi barren region, Stein crossed millions of desolate miles along with his fox terrier sprint. Stein met the chinese language monk and secured the Diamond Sutra and lots more and plenty extra. The scroll’s journey—by camel via arid wilderness, through boat to London’s curious students, through educate to stay away from the bombs of worldwide warfare II—merges an explorer’s adventures, political intrigue, and endured controversy.

The Diamond Sutra has encouraged Jack Kerouac and the Dalai Lama. Its trip has coincided with the becoming charm of Buddhism within the West. because the Gutenberg Age cedes to the Google Age, the survival of the Silk Road’s maximum treasure is testomony to the persistence of the written note.

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