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Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from the Asiatic Society, Kolkata (No. 4079) Romanized Text (2014)

Published by the Soka Gakkai
Edited by Haruaki Kotsuki
Date of publication: March 28, 2014
ISBN: 978-4-88417-067-7
Copy date: 1680 or 1681 CE
Number of pages: xxxii + 340 (total 372 pages)
Language: Sanskrit, English, and Japanese

The original of this romanized text is preserved at the Asiatic Society, Kolkata, India. One of the copy dates thereof, 1680 CE, 800 in Nepal calendar, is the olderst of the paper manuscripts discovered to date. This is the very first paper manuscript some 400 years after the period of palm-leaf manuscripts (11th-12th centuries CE). The manuscript is significant, in this sense, to be the precursor of the voluminous paper manuscripts that would follow.

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