[INDOLOGY] New publication from Vienna: STTAR 20

David and Nancy Reigle dnreigle at gmail.com
Fri Jan 27 17:21:57 UTC 2017

Dear Birgit,

Thank you for letting us know about this new publication in the series,
Sanskrit Texts from the Tibetan Autonomous Region. This is very helpful.
Having just placed an order for volumes in this important series, I would
not have checked again any time soon. The Pañcaśatikā Prajñāpāramitā is of
particular interest because it was classified by Jo nang Dol po pa and
others as one of the five sūtras of definitive meaning, nītārtha.

As noted in its description, "an influence of the Consciousness-only or
Yogācāra school can clearly be seen." For Dol po pa, the doctrine of the
Yogācāra school is not Consciousness-only, or Mind-only, but rather is
"Great Madhyamaka." This latter is for Jonangpas the definitive meaning of
the Yogācāra texts, and that is why this Prajñāpāramitā text that
explicitly uses Yogācāra ideas is regarded by them as being of definitive
meaning. The other Prajñāpāramitā texts, forming the basis of the common
Madhyamaka school, are for the "Great Madhyamaka" school of interpretable
meaning, neyārtha.

The above little side note is said by way of possibly attracting more
interest to this valuable new publication. Many of us waited decades for
access to the Sanskrit Buddhist texts known to be preserved in Tibet, but
entirely inaccessible under the Chinese government. I am immensely grateful
to Ernst Steinkellner and his colleagues who, after many years of efforts,
succeeded in gaining access to some of these texts. This resulted in the
series, Sanskrit Texts from the Tibetan Autonomous Region, now 20 volumes!

Best regards,

David Reigle
Colorado, U.S.A.

On Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 1:56 AM, Birgit Kellner via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> (apologies for cross-posting). You might be interested to learn that
> volume 20 in the series "Sanskrit texts from the Tibetan Autonomous
> Region" is now available:
> Xuezhu Li, Yoshimichi Fujita: Pañcaśatikā Prajñāpāramitā. Sanskrit and
> Tibetan Texts. Vienna/Beijing 2016: Austrian Academy of Sciences
> Press/China Tibetology Publishing House.
> The Pañcaśatikā Prajñāpāramitā or „Perfection of Wisdom in 500 Lines“ is
> a Mahāyāna Buddhist scripture that has received almost no attention to
> date, neither within Buddhist  tradition nor in modern scholarship. The
> text is nonetheless of unique value, as an influence of the
> Consciousness-only or Yogācāra school can clearly be seen. The critical
> edition of the Sanskrit text presented in this volume is chiefly based
> on a photocopy kept in the library of the China Tibetology Research
> Center, Beijing, of a codex unicus found in the Norbulingka Palace in
> Lhasa. The volume also contains a critical edition of the Classical
> Tibetan translation, the Song dynasty Chinese translation, and a
> diplomatic transcription of the Sanskrit manuscript. The introduction is
> offered in English, Chinese, and Japanese.
> Orders can be placed at the website of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
> Press:
> http://verlag.oeaw.ac.at/pacaatik-prajpramit.-sanskrit-and-tibetan-texts
> With best regards,
> -------
> Dr. Birgit Kellner
> Director
> Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia
> Austrian Academy of Sciences
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