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Introduction

The early centuries of the Later Diffusion of Buddhism to Tibet constitute a crucial period for the development of Tibetan scholasticism. Tibetan scholars faced the import of massive quantities of Indian Buddhist sources. They developed various techniques to deal with this corpus and its contents.

In a similar way, scholars today are faced with great quantities of new Tibetan textual material. Vast numbers of works from the 10th to the 15th century have recently surfaced, in particular works that were preserved in gNas bcu lha khang of ’Bras spungs Monastery (the private library of the Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngag dbang blo bzang rgya mtsho [1617–1682]) and other monastic libraries. Among those, works that were published as facsimiles in the bKa' gdams gsung 'bum ("Collected Works of the bKa' gdams pas") and are now also digitally available through the Buddhist Digital Resource Center (www.tbrc.org), offer a wonderful opportunity for in-depth investigation of early Tibetan scholasticism.

As part of their ongoing research on Tibetan Scholasticism, Pascale Hugon (IKGA) and Kazuo Kano (Komazawa University, Tokyo) initiated the project "A gateway to early Tibetan scholasticism," which focuses on the bKa' gdams gsung 'bum Collection. The first step of the project pursues two aims:

(1) a detailed description of the material contained in the bKa' gdams gsung 'bum Collection (information about the exemplars as well as the contents of each text)
(2) editions and translations of the incipit, conclusion, and colophon of each text.

This webpage provides open access to the project's results at the present stage, in the form of "info-sheet documents" (i). The information contained in these PDF-documents will be, in the future, made available in a more practical format through a database and finalized for a publication in print. Note that all the translations in these documents represent a work-in-progress (cf. the date of the latest update) and should therefore be treated accordingly.

Also available for download below are the e-texts (e) that have been put together in the course of our investigation and in preparation for an ulterior step of the project, in which they will be completed and marked-up in XML. These contain a transcription of the text (in Wylie) which, at the minimum, covers the portions edited and translated in the info-sheet, as well as the first and last folios. This already give a good idea of the style of the text and of the kind of orthographic particularities present in the exemplar. When available, more extended (and in some cases complete) e-texts have been provided. Note that these e-texts are not critical editions and may not have been proofread (check the status at the beginning of the document). We make no guarantees of accuracy for the contents, but trust they will be helpful to researchers.

If you have comments, corrections, or additional information we could include in the info-sheet, please kindly send us an email (you can for instance send us an annotated version of the downloaded document). If you have e-texts (transcriptions) of works from the bKa' gdams gsung 'bum Collection sleeping on your hard-drive, you might consider bringing them to a more useful fate by sharing them on this website. All contributions will be duly acknowledged.

pascale.hugon@oeaw.ac.at kanokazuo@hotmail.com

We are grateful to Mathias Fermer for his advice on technical issues.

Material

The tables below list, for each text, the name of the author, the short title of the text (according to the info-sheet), a link to the manuscript copy at BDRC, a link to download the info-sheet (i), a link to download the e-text (e), information about the status of the e-text (F=fragmentary, P=partial, C=complete), the date of the latest update of these documents (DD.MM.YY).

The bibliographical references for the articles and books mentioned in the info-sheet can be found here: Bibliographical references.

The editorial conventions applied in the info-sheet and the e-texts are listed here: Editorial conventions.

Set 1

bKaʼ gdams gsung ʼbum phyogs bsgrigs thengs dang po. Vols. 1-30. dPal brtsegs bod yig dpe rnying zhib ʼjug khang (ed.). Chengdu 2006.

Vol. 1

1. Rin chen bzang po bde mchog nor bu BDRC i e C 12.2.19
2. Rin chen bzang po rab gnas don gsal (A) BDRC i e C 12.2.19
3. Atiśa/Rin chen bzang po mngon rtogs bshad BDRC i e C 12.2.19
4. Rin chen bzang po rab gnas don gsal (B) BDRC i e C 12.2.19
5. Rin chen bzang po bde can smon lam BDRC i e F 12.2.19
6. rNgog Blo ldan shes rab dag yig bsdus BDRC i e C 12.2.19
7. rNgog Blo ldan shes rab shes rab snying 'grel bshad BDRC i e C 12.2.19
8. rNgog Blo ldan shes rab mngon rtogs rgyan don bsdus BDRC i e F 12.2.19
9. rNgog Blo ldan shes rab mdo sde rgyan don bsdus BDRC i e F 12.2.19
10. rNgog Blo ldan shes rab dbus mtha' don bsdus BDRC i e F 12.2.19
11. rNgog Blo ldan shes rab rgyud bla don bsdus BDRC i e F 12.2.19
12. rNgog Blo ldan shes rab rigs thigs ‘grel don bsdus BDRC i [ e] C 12.2.19
13. rNgog Blo ldan shes rab rnam nges dka' gnas bshad BDRC i [ e] F 12.2.19
14. rNgog Blo ldan shes rab spring yig bdud rtsi BDRC i e F 12.2.19


Vol. 2

1. rNgog Blo ldan shes rab/'Bre Shes rab 'bar yum brgyad stong don bsdus BDRC i e F 20.05.19
2. Ar Byang chub ye shes sher phyin rgya 'grel BDRC i e F 20.05.19
3. Ar Byang chub ye shes mngon rtogs rgyan 'grel rnam 'byed BDRC i e F 20.05.19

Vol. 3

(documents for download forthcoming)

1. Ar Byang chub ye shes sher phyin sdud tshigs rnam bshad (A) BDRC i e F 20.05.19
2. Ar Byang chub ye shes sher phyin sdud tshigs rnam bshad (B) BDRC i e F 20.05.19
3. Gro lung pa Blo gros 'byung gnas rngog lo rnam thar BDRC [ i] [ e] F 13.12.18
4. Gro lung pa Blo gros 'byung gnas sdud tshigs rnam bshad BDRC [ i] [ e] F 13.12.18
5. Gro lung pa Blo gros 'byung gnas brgyad stong 'grel chen rnam bshad BDRC [ i] [ e] F 13.12.18
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