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From Archaeological Discovery To Text Analysis: The Khor Chags Monastery Findings And The Mañjusrïnämasamgïti Fragment

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In the context of the study of Western Tibetan temples and the significance of documentary material to be found in the libraries of the area a noteworthy find was made in 2000 thanks to the restoration of the temples of the Khor chags monastery in the Pu hrang county. This chapter gives an account of this discovery and also examines one text in detail to illustrate the kind of evidence it provides both for establishing the period to which the books belong to and also the contribution of this library to the history of the formation of the Buddhist Tibetan canon. In order to understand the age of the findings the author photographed some texts preserved in the ritual collection. He took out as a sample a partly annotated manuscript edition of the Mañjuśrīnāmasaṃīti (MNS). The Dun huang mss preserves two variant Tibetan versions of the MNS.

Keywords: Buddhist Tibetan canon; Dun huang mss; Khor chags monastery; Mañjuśrīnāmasaṃīti (MNS); Western Tibetan temples



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