HARVARD ORIENTAL SERIES
Cover: An Early Tibetan Survey of Buddhist Literature in HARDCOVER

Harvard Oriental Series 64

An Early Tibetan Survey of Buddhist Literature

The Bstan pa rgyas pa rgyan gyi nyi ‘od of Bcom Idan ral gri

Add to Cart

Product Details

HARDCOVER

$45.00 • £36.95 • €40.50

ISBN 9780674014596

Publication Date: 07/30/2009

Short

This volume is a study and edition of Bcom Idan ral gri’s (1227–1305) Bstan pa rgyas pa rgyan gyi nyi ’od. Likely composed in the last decades of the thirteenth century, this systematic list of Buddhist Sutras, Tantras, Shastras, and related genres translated primarily from Sanskrit and other Indic languages holds an important place in the history of Buddhist literature in Tibet. It affords a glimpse of one Tibetan scholar’s efforts to classify more than two thousand titles of Buddhist literature in the decades before the canonical collections known as the Bka’ ’gyur and the Bstan ’gyur achieved a relatively stable form. Tibetan historiography traces the origin of the Bka’ ’gyur and Bstan ’gyur to Bcom ldan ral gri’s efforts, though the unique structure of the Bstan pa rgyas pa rgyan gyi nyi ’od, which differs greatly from available Bka’ ’gyur and Bstan ’gyur catalogs, shows that the situation is more complex.

Known to contemporary scholars of Tibetan literature for some time through mention in other works, Bcom ldan ral gri’s survey has recently become available for the first time in two manuscripts. The present work contains a detailed historical introduction, an annotated edition of the two manuscripts, as well as concordances and appendices intended to aid the comparative study of early Tibetan collections of Indic Buddhist literature.

From Our Blog

Jacket: Out of My Skull: The Psychology of Boredom, by James Danckert and John D. Eastwood, from Harvard University Press

Responding to Boredom during Self-Isolation

No one likes to be bored, but it’s almost inevitable during this time of social distancing and self-quaratine. John D. Eastwood, coauthor of Out of My Skull: The Psychology of Boredom, explains some things that we know about boredom, how to address it—and even what we can gain from it. We have been here before. During the SARS outbreak of 2003, upwards of 23,000 people in the Greater Toronto Area were quarantined. House

‘manifold glories of classical Greek and Latin’

The digital Loeb Classical Library (loebclassics.com) extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.