vasubandhu at EARTHLINK.NET
Sat Sep 10 17:07:44 UTC 2005
I'm wondering if someone on list can help me better identify a gem: vaiḍūrya
(vai.duurya or vaiDUrya). Monier-Williams gives only a "cat's-eye gem." The
Chinese corresponding term in Buddhist texts is not univocal -- sometimes
believed to be lapis lazuli, sometimes beryl, sometimes other things. Does
this term have a single referent in Sanskrit, or did it apply to different
gems at different times and places in India?
Thank you in advance.
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