Early Tibetan Survey of Buddhist Literature by Kurtis R. Schaeffer
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Early Tibetan Survey of Buddhist Literature
By Kurtis R. Schaeffer

An Early Tibetan Survey of Buddhist Literature

The Bstan Pa Rgyas Pa Rygan Gyi Nyi 'od of Bcom Idan Ral Gri annotated edition

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Early Tibetan Survey of Buddhist Literature by Kurtis R. Schaeffer

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This volume is a study and edition of Bcom Idan ral gri's (1227-1305) Bstan pa rgyas pa rgyan gyi nyi 'od. Likely composed in the last decades of the thirteenth century, this systematic list of Buddhist Sutras, Tantras, Shastras, and related genres translated primarily from Sanskrit and other Indic languages holds an important place in the history of Buddhist literature in Tibet. It affords a glimpse of one Tibetan scholar's efforts to classify more than two thousand titles of Buddhist literature in the decades before the canonical collections known as the Bka' 'gyur and the Bstan 'gyur achieved a relatively stable form. Tibetan historiography traces the origin of the Bka' 'gyur and Bstan 'gyur to Bcom Idan ral gri's efforts, though the unique structure of the Bstan pa rgyas pa rgyan gyi nyi 'od, which differs greatly from available Bka' 'gyur and Bstan 'gyur catalogues, shows that the situation is more complex. Known to contemporary scholars of Tibetan literature for some time through mention in other works, Bcom Idan ral gri's survey has recently become available for the first time in two manuscripts. The present work contains a detailed historical introduction, an annotated edit

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674014596
ISBN-10: 0674014596
Format: Hardback
(350mm x 204mm x mm)
Pages: 350
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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