The Han Chinese monk, Xuanzang pilgrimage (Hsuan-Tsang), visited the Western Turks in about 630 on his way to India. House Ketchum Gotta Catch ‘Em All shirt. He notes that Buddhism is flourishing in the Bactrian region of their empire, especially at Nava Vihara Monastery in Balkh. He said that the university monastery not only has a scripture study, but also its wonderful Buddha statues, which are covered with silken silk robes and adorned with jewels, suitable with Zoroastrian native customs. The monasteries were closely linked to the period of Khotan, a strong Buddhist kingdom of East Turkistan, and sent many monks to teach. Xuanzang also described a monastery near the Nava Vihara Temple dedicated to improving the practice of Theravada meditation of vipashyana (Pali: vipassana) – the perception that reflects the impermanence and lack of individual independence. Xuanzang found Buddhism in a very bad situation at Nagarahara under the Turki Shahis. In the Punjabi region of Gandhara, the area did not seem to fully recover from the persecution by King Mihirakula more than a century ago.