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

David and Nancy Reigle dnreigle at gmail.com
Tue Apr 5 16:04:39 UTC 2022

Dear Diego,

Thank you for your reply and information. Yes, I did indeed have better
luck with access to the Sāṅkṛtyāyana collection of photographs of some of
these manuscripts at Göttingen University. After getting their email
address in reply to my query here of 3/14, I contacted them and got scans
of the photos almost immediately. Their willingness to make these
photographs available and their service in doing so is exemplary.

The situation with the Tucci photographs in Naples seems a little difficult
at the moment.

Regarding the catalogue by Luo Zhao, I had noticed Ernst Steinkellner's
mention of it in *A Tale of Leaves*, then noted as unseen. I did not know
that xeroxes of it were circulating. If you or anyone else here has it, I
would be glad to get either a scan of it or pay for getting photocopies.

Thanks and best regards,

David Reigle
Colorado, U.S.A.

On Tue, Apr 5, 2022 at 8:58 AM 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
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