Tibetan Tantric Manuscripts From Dunhuang

Tibetan Tantric Manuscripts From Dunhuang

A Descriptive Catalogue of the Stein Collection at the British Library

eBook - 2006
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At the beginning of the 20th century, a monk restoring the Buddhist Magao cave complex near the desert town of Dunhuang in China discovered a hidden chamber filled with manuscripts and paintings. He began selling and giving them away as presents. British-Hungarian explorer Aurel Stein was on expedition in Central America at the time, heard about the manuscripts, and persuaded the monk to sell what was left to him. In a few years, the manuscripts were scattered around the world, but the British Museum holds one of the largest collections of them. Dalton (religious studies, Yale U.) and Van Schaik, Research Project Manager for the International Dunhuang Project at the British Museum, catalogue and describe the manuscripts and summarize the contents. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Brill USA
This heavily indexed descriptive catalogue provides an indispensable doorway into the Tibetan Dunhuang collections. Its publication promises to make possible many further studies of these long-neglected treasures, particular those relating to the esoteric traditions of tantric Buddhism.

Blackwell North Amer
Since their discovery a century ago, the Dunhuang manuscripts have revolutionized the study of Asian religions. Until recently, however, the rich materials relating to esoteric tantric Buddhism have been largely ignored. This volume provides an indispensable doorway into these materials. An introduction summarizes the discovery, worldwide dissemination and general character of these Tibetan treasures. The catalogue entries provide introductory discussions of the manuscripts' contents, in addition to reordering the often scrambled folios, linking them to their long-lost counterparts in other collections, and matching them with corresponding texts in the Tibetan canon. The catalogue includes indices to Tibetan and Sanskrit titles, names and terms, as well as all Pelliot manuscripts referenced. The result is an invaluable resource for scholars of Buddhism.

Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2006
ISBN: 9789047411147
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxxiv, 390 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Van Schaik, Sam


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