[INDOLOGY] Access to Sanskrit manuscripts in the Tibet Museum, Lhasa

Charles DiSimone disimone at alumni.stanford.edu
Tue Apr 5 15:23:05 UTC 2022

Dear David,

Somewhat apropos of Diego’s mail, this is not what you are looking for, but
is perhaps of some interest to you in the event you have not seen it yet:


With all good wishes,

On Tue, Apr 5, 2022 at 4:58 PM DIEGO LOUKOTA SANCLEMENTE <
diegoloukota at ucla.edu> wrote:

>   Dear David,
>   The short answer is, as far as I know, no. They are zealously guarded
> and the last I knew is that they will be for the foreseeable future. Ernst
> Steinkellner managed to form a liaison in the 90s and published a few
> things, but my impression is that otherwise they are permanently off
> limits, to Chinese and non-Chinese scholars alike. If things have changed,
> I would urge anyone who knows the current situation to update us.
>   I think you may have better luck with the photos Tucci and Sankrtyayana
> took, now in Göttingen and Naples.
>   There is a complementary catalogue by Luo Zhao of the holdings of the
> Potala and Norbulingka, of the MSS. that were never taken to the “Palace of
> Nationalities” in Beijing. This circulates in xeroxes of the original
> handwritten notebook.
>   I hope this helps!
>   namaskaromi,
>   Diego
> On Tue, Apr 5, 2022 at 7:43 AM David and Nancy Reigle via INDOLOGY <
> indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> Is there any access to reproductions of the Sanskrit manuscripts now
>> preserved in the Tibet Museum in Lhasa?
>> A catalogue compiled in 1985 by Wang Sen lists 259 such manuscripts. This
>> catalogue had been almost impossible to find until Haiyan Hu-von Hinüber
>> reproduced it as an appendix to an article published in 2006, which I have
>> posted here:
>> http://prajnaquest.fr/blog/wp-content/uploads/Sanskrit-Manuscripts-once-kept-in-the-Palace-of-Culture.pdf
>> .
>> Many of these manuscripts had been described earlier by Rāhula
>> Sāṅkṛtyāyana in three articles, which I have posted here:
>> http://prajnaquest.fr/blog/279/.
>> In particular, I am seeking scans or other reproductions of a manuscript
>> or manuscripts of the Kālacakra-tantra.
>> Thanks and best regards,
>> David Reigle
>> Colorado, U.S.A.
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>   Diego Loukota
>      Department of Asian Languages and Cultures - UCLA - 290 Royce Hall
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