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Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from the Royal Asiantic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (No. 6), Romanized Text (2007)  

Published by the Soka Gakkai
Edited by Haruaki Kotsuki
In cooperation with and by permission of the Royal Asiantic Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Coordination by the Institute of Orienatal Philosophy
Date of publication: March 30, 2007
ISBN: 978-4-88417-016-5
Collection of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland
Copy date: 1801 or 1802
Number of pages: xxxvi + 244 (total 280 pages)
Language: Sanskrit, English, and Japanese
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Around 1880, two Japanese scholars, Bunyiu Nanjo and Kenjiu Kasawara, copied by hand manuscript no. 6 at the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland in London. The copy was later used as the original text for the collation of the Kern-Nanjo edition, the first-ever critical edition of the Sanskrit Lotus Sutra. However, readings of other texts from different lineages were inserted without any principle in the process of the collation, the original readings in manuscript no. 6 became unclear. The romanized text contained in this book presents to the readers how the original readings of the Royal Asiatic Society's manuscript are really like. Transliterating this text was a fundamental and indispensable task for the study of the Sanskrit Lotus Sutra manuscripts.

 
 


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