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The tibetan Yulanpen Jing

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This chapter presents a more detailed account of the Tibetan text of the sūtra, followed, in the appendix, by an improved edition of the abridgement of the bianwen given in IOL Tib J 686. The interest of the Tibetan Yulanpen jing stems in part precisely from the apocryphal status of the Chinese original. The Tibetan Yulanpen jing is so far known only from three of the manuscript versions of the Tibetan Buddhist canon, where it is entitled 'Phags pa yongs su skyobs pa'i snod ces bya ba'i mdo. In connection with present text, 'Gos Chos-grub's translation of the Yulanpen jing, R. A. Stein's findings permit to specify that, while Indian conventions were quite closely adhered to throughout, lending to the work much the appearance of a sūtra of bona fide Indian origin, at a number of key points concessions were nevertheless made to elements of characteristically Chinese usage.

Keywords: bianwen; Gos Chos-grub's translation; IOL Tib J 686; R. A. Stein; Tibetan Buddhist canon; Tibetan Yulanpen jing



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