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Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts from the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Facsimile Edition (2013)

Published by the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts from the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Soka Gakkai, and the Institute of Oriental Philosophy
Date of publication: September 26, 2013
ISBN: 978-4-88417-059-2
Edited by Noriyoshi Mizufune
Copy date: 8th century CE
Number of folios: lxxvi + 1 + 503 (total 580 folios)
Type of publication: color facsimile
Language: Sanskrit, Russian, Japanese, and English

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I.F. Popova, Director of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, writes in her foreword of this issue, “The present publication of the Lotus Sutra in Sanskrit is without exaggerations of collectors, researchers, curators, and restorers. The manuscript of the Lotus Sutra introduced to readers of this publication have been stored at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IOM RAS). The manuscript is recognized as one of the ‘diamonds’ of the world’s largest and most valuable Russian collection of Eastern books and manuscripts. The collection of the manuscripts stored at IOM RAS includes over 115,000 items in 65 living and extinct Oriental languages.”
    The Lotus Sutra manuscript, SI P/5, also known as the Petrovsky manuscript, is thought to have been found by someone in Khotan. Nikolai F. Petrovsky (1837-1908), the Russian consul general in Kashgar (presently in the Xinjiang Uigar Autonomous Region of China), obtained most of them, and sent it to the Asiatic Museum (presently IOM RAS). It is also known as the Kashgar manuscript.



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