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Enframed Inscriptional Panel and Tibetan Manuscript

Laxman S. Thakur

in Visualizing a Buddhist Sutra

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780195673142
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081943 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195673142.003.0002
Enframed Inscriptional Panel and Tibetan Manuscript

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This chapter provides a discussion on the enframed inscriptional panel and Tibetan manuscript. It then describes the main contents of the inscriptional panel from eastern wall, south wall and west wall. It also investigates whether the writers of the inscriptional panels had an access to the copies of the Gaṇḍavyūhasūtra presently preserved in the library at Tabo. Comparison between the inscriptional text and manuscripts showed that the text of inscription number 2 corresponds exactly to T 268. The comparison of inscription numbers 11, 15, 19, and 23 with T 143 illustrates some very interesting information on the redactional devices used by the Buddhists of Tabo who were involved in epitomizing exercise and selecting the appropriate sections for writing on the walls. The examined Tibetan inscriptional data are perhaps exceptionally rare and the earliest from any surviving Buddhist site in India.

Keywords: Tibetan manuscript; Gaṇḍavyūhasūtra; Tabo; inscriptional panels; Buddhist; India; eastern wall; south wall; west wall

Chapter.  12168 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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