Wednesday, March 16, 2011

IDP France

IDP France is now back online. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

New catalogues of Sanskrit manuscripts

New transliterations of the British Library's Sanskrit fragments by leading scholars in the field have just been put online on the IDP website. Go to the catalogue search page to browse the transliterations. This work is the result of a collaborative project, headed by Professor Seishi Karashima, between IDP and the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology in Tokyo. The manuscripts have been digitized by IDP, so the transliterations may now be viewed alongside high-quality colour images.

The image shown above is IOL San 664, a fragment of the Ratnaketuparivarta.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Secrets of the Cave II: the "Library Cave"

When Stein wrote about his discovery of a cave full of manuscripts at Dunhuang, he called it a “monastic library” but I don’t think he really considered this very seriously, and he didn’t offer any theories about why a Buddhist monastery would place its whole library in a cave. Then, later on, when scholars looked more closely at the manuscripts which had monastic library stamps, they saw that they came from a variety of different monasteries. Why would that be?

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

IDP France

Due to technical issues IDP France is currently unavailable. We are working to restore the service as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience.