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Hiroshi Kumamoto. « Textual sources for Buddhism in Khotan », in : J. R. McRea and J. Nattier, eds., Collection of essays 1993: Buddhism across boundaries: Chinese Buddhism and the Western Regions. Sanchung, Fo Guang Shan Foundation for Buddhist and Culture Education, 1999, pp. 345-360.

Mauro Maggi

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1A survey of the available Chinese and Khotanese sources on the history of Buddhism in Khotan. It is well known that a number of Chinese canonical texts were translated from Sanskrit by Khotanese scholars in China. It is, accordingly, of special interest to learn from Kumamoto about Yūkei Hirai’s discovery (1984), thus far available only in Japanese, that Mahāyāna Sanskrit texts were translated into Chinese in Khotan, too. As for Khotanese sources, Kumamoto appropriately classifies Old and Late Khotanese Buddhist texts according to whether they were produced in Khotan (until the mid ninth century) or Dunhuang (from the middle of the ninth to the end of the tenth century) and suggests « that the writing or even copying of O[ld] Kh[otanese] Buddhist texts ceased during the Tibetan rule [from around 790 to the mid ninth century­] » and « that some sort of transition occurred within the tradition of the Buddhist learning in Khotan during the social and political turmoil from the eighth to the ninth century » (p. 360).

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Mauro Maggi, « Hiroshi Kumamoto. « Textual sources for Buddhism in Khotan », in : J. R. McRea and J. Nattier, eds., Collection of essays 1993: Buddhism across boundaries: Chinese Buddhism and the Western Regions. Sanchung, Fo Guang Shan Foundation for Buddhist and Culture Education, 1999, pp. 345-360. »Abstracta Iranica [En ligne], Volume 24 | 2003, document 13, mis en ligne le 05 janvier 2010, consulté le 23 avril 2024. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/abstractairanica/34177 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/abstractairanica.34177

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Mauro Maggi

Istituto Universitario Orientale – Naples

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