|Author||Fa-Hien Henry Fa-Hien|
|Publication Date||October 15, 2008|
Faxian (romanized as Fa-Hien or Fa-hsien) (ca. 337 - ca. 422) was a Chinese Buddhist monk who traveled to Nepal, India and Sri Lanka to acquire and take back to China Buddhist scriptures between 399 and 412 . His journey is described in his work A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms, Being an Account by the Chinese Monk Fa-Hien of his Travels in India and Ceylon in Search of the Buddhist Books of Discipline. He is most know for his pilgrimage to Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
On Faxian's return to China he landed at Laoshan in modern Shandong province, 30km east of the city of Qingdao. After landing, he proceeded to Shandong's then-capital, Qingzhou, where he remained for a year translating and editing the scriptures he had collected.
His work is not only one of the world's greatest travel books, but is filled with invaluable accounts of early Buddhism, and the geography and history of numerous countries along the so-called Silk Roads at the turn of the 5th century AD. (Quote from wikipedia.org)
About the Author
Sir Thomas Cheney, KG (c 1485 - December 15, 1558), or Cheyne, was Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports in South-East England, from 1536 until his death.
Thomas was born around 1485 at Shurland House, Eastchurch on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, the son of William Cheney by his second wife, Agnes (or Margaret) Young. His uncle and guardian was John, Baron Cheney of Shurland, Henry VII's standard-bearer at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Thomas Cheney was knighted in 1513. Of his three brothers, Francis Cheney was a Governor of Queenborough Castle, Isle of Sheppey.
He was a favourite of Henry VIII's fiancee, Anne Boleyn, and she fought Cardinal Wolsey for his promotion in 1528 and 1529. However, it was not until 1535-