[Buddha-l] New? Gandhari documents

Dan Lusthaus vasubandhu at earthlink.net
Tue Jan 29 08:23:52 MST 2013

While the opening paragraphs make it sound like the German group just found 
brand new manuscripts, further down a more sober account is provided.

"The researchers work not with the manuscripts themselves, but with digital 
scans. The originals are not only extremely fragile, but are held in various 
collections scattered around the world. A large fraction of the surviving 
material is stored in the British Library in London. The ultimate goal of 
the project is to prepare a modern edition of all the Gandhari manuscripts, 
thus making them available for further investigation."

A number of people, primarily under the leadership of Richard Solomon, 
including Collett Cox, etc. have been working on selections of these mss.; 
the process of unrolling and digitizing them in ways that allow them to be 
readable (they are in various states of preservation, including pages stuck 
together, or parts of pages stuck together, many lacunae, etc.) took a long 
time. The German group got funding to organize and publish all the 
fragments. As Joanna points out, a number of things have been published 
already, and more is ready for publication.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jo" <ugg-5 at spro.net>
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Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 9:23 AM
Subject: Re: [Buddha-l] New? Gandhari documents

> Science Daily is often unreliable.
> See this amazon.com page for the list of Gandharan texts research ---based
> on the British collections (I think, anyway):
> http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-k
> eywords=Gandharan+Buddhist+Texts
> A few sutras have so far been translated.
> Joanna
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