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The Ancient Documents Of Rdzogs Chen From Tun-Huang

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Among the Tun-huang Tibetan manuscripts of Sir Aurel Stein preserved in the India Office Library in London, the author was able in 1973 to discover three works relevant to rDzogs chen. Two of them are texts which one might call prototypes of the later literature of the rDzogs chen tradition. The third one is merely a list of different successions of religious masters including some of the rDzogs chen tradition in three different places in Tibet in the eighth and ninth centuries A.D. The author used these works as sources for his lectures on rDzogs chen at the Sorbonne in 1973 and 74. There are in fact at least three works which could be classified as commentaries of the basic text. none, including the Tun-huang manuscript, gives any name as its author. The author concentrates on this and then notes down when the others differ on important points.

Keywords: rDzogs chen; Sir Aurel Stein; Tun-huang Tibetan manuscripts

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