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Cambridge Manuscript ADD 1553 (Ne)

Ārya-pañcaviṃśatikā-prajñāpāramitā-hṛdaya nāma Dhāraṇī The Dhāraṇī named the Noble Heart of the Prajñāpāramitā consisting of 25[000]. Note that pañcaviṃśatikā means “consisting of 25” which is an abbreviation of pañcaviṃśatisāhasrikā “consisting of 25,000”. Modern Nepalese; 5x13cm; Newāri script, black ink on paper (yellowed by the addition of arsenic preservative), with decorations in red ink. Illuminated first page with image of… Continue reading Cambridge Manuscript ADD 1553 (Ne)

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Tibetan Short Text (TS1)

The short text of the Heart Sutra is not included in the Kanjur, but about three hundred manuscripts of the text were found at Dunhuang. The manuscript transcribed here, British Library Or.8212/77 is one that Jan Nattier called “representative” (Personal communication). A hi-res image can be found on the IDP Website.  An image of this text also… Continue reading Tibetan Short Text (TS1)

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Hōryūji Palm-leaf Manuscript. (Ja)

Image: The palm leaf manuscript of held at Hōryūji monastery (also spelled Horiuzi) containing texts of the Prajñāpāramitā-hṛdaya, Uṣṇiṣavijaya-dhāraṇī, and a Sanskrit syllabary. The manuscript is said to date from 609 AD, but this is unlikely. Georg Bühler notes, in Müller (1881), that a comparison of the script with India manuscripts and inscriptions argues for a date in… Continue reading Hōryūji Palm-leaf Manuscript. (Ja)