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Fragments of a Manuscript of the Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtra from Khādaliq (2000)

Published by the Soka Gakkai
Edited by Klaus Wille
Coordination by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy
Date of publication: May 2000
Collections of the German National Library (Berlin), the National Ethnology Museum (Munich), and the british Library (London)
Number of pages: xviii + 192 + 86 (total 296 pages)
Type of publication: romanized text and color facsimile attached with text concordances
Language: Sanskrit and English


Khādaliq is a lost town located 115 kilometers east from Khotan (presently the Xinjiang Uigur Autonomous Region of China). The Sanskrit fragments of the Lotus Sutra found there at the beginning of the 20th century were sold off separately to various expeditions by treasure hunters. The fragments are presently preserved as the Turfan collection at Berlin State Library, the Franke/Körber collection at Munich Satete Fork Museum, and the Stein/Hoernle collection at the British Museum.  
    In 1988, Klaus Wille of the Seminar für Indologie und Buddhismuskunde (presently Seminar für Indologie und Tibetologie) of the University of Göttingen had started gathering together copies of the fragments, and has completed a romanized transcription of the text with a German introduction and concordance in 1997.
    At that time, the director of the Seminar, Prof. Heinz Bechert, suggested issueing it as part of the series. This was carried out as an English edition as the third volume in 2000. All the 83 plates except Plate 39 (monochrome) are color facsimiles. The concordances most precisely contrasted with other Central Asian fragments are indispensable for experts. Buddhist scholars all over the world praise its perfect completion.

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