Exploration of Sanskrit Buddhist Canon
Nepal, Central Asia, Gilgit, Beijing-China, Tibetan Autonomous regions, Japan,UK/USA, will be dealt with.
Nepal has the largest repository of Buddhist Sanskrit literature dealing with differentaspects of Mahayana creeds and practices. The monk scholars as well as VajracharyaPandits have contributed in producing and preserving Buddhist manuscriptsIt was not until the advent of Sir Brian B. Hodgson (1824-1842 AD.) a British diplomatin Nepal, discovered a great number of
Sanskrit Buddhist manuscripts
in Nepal.The existence of these Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts before his time was unknown, andhis discovery entirely revolutionized the history of Buddhism, as Europeans knew it inthe early part of this century. Copies of these works, totaling 381 bundles of manuscriptshave been distributed so as to render them accessible to European scholars.Of these 86 eighty-six manuscripts comprising 179 separate works, many were presentedto
Asiatic Society of Bengal:
Royal Asiatic Society of London;
30 to the
Indian Office Library;
7 to the
Bodleian Library, Oxford;
174 to the
and to French scholar
The last two collections have since been deposited in the
Bibliothèque Nationale of France.
It is in Nepal that most of the Sanskrit Buddhist documents have been found. Most of themanuscripts originally preserved in Nepal have been carried out of the country by the pioneers of the modern Indology.At present following organizations are working hard for the preservation of theseSanskrit Buddhist mss in Nepal.1.
It has recently published a catalogue of all the important SanskritBuddhist texts numbering 1800.2.
Nepal German Mss.Preservation Project
: NGMPP has published a catalogue of allmicrofilmed mss from National archive and the center’s collection.
3. Asha Archives
In collaboration with the Buddhist Library of Japan, Nagoya, theAsha Archives has recently completed the digitalization of its 7025titles of manuscripts. All the manuscripts including their paintings and illuminationsare available on
CD-ROM (368 cd's)
The Collections in this archives there are severalvaluable collections of palmleaf, loose leaf pothi and folded manuscripts .
4. Keshar Library:
.Keshar Library has preserved valuable Buddhist Mss which is worthmentioning dating back as early as 13th century..
II. Central Asia:
A summary of contents of 85 Mss was published as Sanskrit Buddhist literature of Nepal by Rajendra LalMitra in 1882 published by The Asiatic Society of Bengal,Calcutta.