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Mélanges de sinologie offerts à Monsieur Paul Demiéville II (1974) [40]

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In his article "A propos du Nidānasaṃyukta" Professor J. W. de Jong presents a critical review of the attempts made by Ernst Waldschmidt and Candrabhāl Tripāṭhī to restore the Sanskrit text of the Turfan manuscript S 474 which contains 25 sūtras corresponding to two sequences of short scriptures in the Chinese version of the Saṃyuktāgama (T 99), most of which have their Pāli counterpart in the Nidānasaṃyutta of the Saṃyuttanikāya. This is not only witnessed by the well known cliché figuring in many Mahāyāna scriptures where the most staggering rewards are promised to those "sons of good families" who will copy (likhayati) the text, but also by historical evidence which goes back to the earliest period of Chinese Buddhism. Unfortunately, Dao'an prefaces are among the most notoriously difficult documents of xuanxue Buddhism, not even the Zhaolun excepted.

Keywords: A propos du Nidānasaṃyukta; Chinese Buddhism; Dao'an prefaces; J. W. de Jong; Mahāyāna scriptures; sūtras; Turfan manuscript S 474; xuanxue Buddhism; Zhaolun



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