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Preliminary Remarks On The Manuscripts Of Gnas Gsar Dgon Pa In Northern Dolpo (Nepal)

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This chapter discusses data compiled from a corpus of 640 volumes of late 12th to early 16th century manuscripts conserved in Gnas gsar dgon pa, in the small village of Bi cer, recorded on maps as Vijar, Phijor or Pijor, in northern Dolpo, near the Tibetan border. To summarise the significance of the manuscripts of Gnas gsar dgon pa, it is already apparent that the data from the prefaces of the Buddhist manuscripts may be fruitfully studied in both religious and historical perspectives. These manuscripts document religious doctrines and practices of Dol po from the 12th to 15th century. In addition, they help to provide a more precise understanding of the interaction between Dol po and Ya rtse kingdom and the interaction between Dol po and Glo, with specific reference to Bi cer in relation to both larger polities.

Keywords: Buddhist manuscripts; Gnas Gsar Dgon; Gnas Gsar Dgon Pa manuscripts; Nepal; northern Dolpo



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