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The Rnal ’Byor Chen Po Bsgom Pa’I Don Manuscript Of The ‘Gondhla Kanjur’

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The Gondhla collection seems to pre-date the compilation of the Tibetan canon at Narthang/Zhalu at the beginning of 14th century. This collection could quite appropriately be called a ‘Proto-Kanjur’, representing a pre-canonical attempt to gather all of the words of the Buddha, that is, a rather extensive form of the smaller collections of texts which all Kanjurs ultimately go back to. The Gondhla manuscripts do present archaic elements that could allow for an earlier date, but they do not occur consistently, and the ‘classical’ forms are to be found as well; even the negation med occurs without a ya btags, and the spelling myed is probably the most long-lived of all archaic forms. This chapter concentrates on technical and structural aspects relevant for the editing of the text ( Rnal ’byor chen po bsgom pa’i don ), which is in progress.

Keywords: Rnal ’byor chen po bsgom pa’i don ; Gondhla collection; myed; Proto-Kanjur; Tibetan canon; ya btags; Zhalu



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