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Mahādeva in Dunhuang: A Study of IOL Tib J 26
2016 (English)In: Indo-Iranian Journal, ISSN 0019-7246, E-ISSN 1572-8536, Vol. 59, 1-47 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mahādeva, the “Indian Oedipus”, is in some sources blamed for the initial schism between the two main branches of the early Buddhist sects, the Mahāsāṃghikas and the Sthaviras. In this paper I examine a version of the story of Mahādeva found in the Tibetan Dunhuang manuscript labelled iol Tib j 26, showing that it contains evidence supporting the hypothesis that this story reached Tibet through China. I further show that this Dunhuang manuscript contains an older version of the corresponding section in an early Tibetan history of Buddhism, Mkhas pa lde’u’s Rgya bod kyi chos ’byuṅ rgyas pa (“Extensive history of Buddhism in India and Tibet”). 

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Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2016. Vol. 59, 1-47 p.
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buddhism, dunhuang, tibetan manuscripts, silk road, vinaya, schism
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History of Religions
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-330849DOI: 10.1163/15728536-05901001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-330849DiVA: diva2:1147181
Available from: 2017-10-05 Created: 2017-10-05 Last updated: 2017-10-05

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