The Collected Works of Bu ston: The History of Buddhism

Description: A block printed Tibetan manuscript or pecha. A copy of The History of Buddhism by bu ston rin chen grub [Buton Rinchen Drub (1290-1364)]. The manuscript has 190 folios, printed on daphne bark paper, there are line drawings of the Buddha on the left and Bu ston Rin chen Grub on the right of the first folio. There is a nicely decorated cloth label and a pair of wooden covers, covered in red lacquer with lotus designs in gold & silver.

Place collected: Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang: Lhasa
Date collected: 1910 - 1931
Measurements: Overall: 110 mm x 610 mm x 72 mm; 4 5/16 in x 24 in x 2 13/16 in
Type: Writing

Note: Curator's note: The descriptions and page translations found in the inscriptions field have been provided by Dr Karma Phuntsho, during cataloguing for, 'The Tibetan-Mongolian Rare Books and Manuscripts (TMRBM) project', University of Cambridge. Curator's note: There is one duplicate title page and two extra leaves at the end. Other copies can be found in the Tibetan Book Resource Center, TBRC: W1923 Bell records in his book, 'Religion of Tibet', 'I have two copies of this work. The Dalai Lama gave me one; the Pan-chen Rim-po-che gave me the other. The copy from the Dalai Lama is on thick, good paper, and very clearly printed'. Written by Emma Martin
Accession no: 50.31.105
Other number(s): N1958.2008 [Photography Number]
Inscription text: Incipit: bde bar gshegs pa'i bstan pa'i gsal byed chos kyi 'byung gnas gsung rabs rin po che'i mdzod ces bya ba / bcom ldan 'das shākya seng ge la phyag 'tshal lo / / gang zhig thugs bskyed dge tshogs bdud rtsi'i zas can las byung brnag dka'i bzod pas gzi brjid dpal 'bar ba / / bde bar gshegs pa'i bstan pa'i gsal byed chos kyi 'byung gnas gsung rabs rin po che'i mdzod ces bya ba / bcom ldan 'das shākya seng ge la phyag 'tshal lo / / gang zhig thugs bskyed dge tshogs bdud rtsi'i zas can las byung brnag dka'i bzod pas gzi brjid dpal 'bar ba / / Explicit: chos kyi 'byung gnas gsung rab rin po che'i mdzod ces bya ba / mkhas pa chen po tshad ma'i skyes bu'i gsung gi 'od zer las skyes pa / khro phu bu ston gyis sbyar ba rdzogs sho / / 'dis 'khor ba sdug sngal gyi rgya mtsho chen po myur du skems par gyur cig / / sangs rgyas kyi bstan pa sum stong bzhi brgya lnga bcu rtsa lnga song pa / cho pho byi lo / dgung lo sum bcu rtsa gsum bzhes pa'i dus su brtsams so / /.
Inscriber:bu ston rin chen grub
Inscription language: Tibetan
Inscription script: Tibetan
Inscription transliteration: Colophon: rgyal ba'i bstan pa mdo sngags rin chen sgron / / mkhas grub bu ston nyin mor byed pa yi / / gsung rabs 'od kyis phyogs bcur rgyas par mdzad / / dad brtson blo gsal rkang drug tshogs rnams la / / legs bshad mdab stong mngar rtsi spel slad du / / rnam dkar yid kyi shing rtas legs drangs te / / gsung 'bum kun gsal nor bu spar du spel / / bstan dang bstan 'dzin phan bde rgyas byed pa'i / / legs bshad kun gyi rin chen bang mdzod 'di / / bstan la dad thob tshul khrims rgyal mtshan dpal / / bzang po'i bka' bzhin dang blangs dka' bcu pa / / bslab gsum rgyan ldan don grub bkra shis kyis / / phun tshogs 'dod dgu 'dzoms pa'i lho yul du / / 'thun rkyen yo byad dgos pa legs sbyar nas / / yi ge mkhas pa snye mo nyi rgyal dang / / rig byed legs sbyangs mkhas pa'i rgyal rtse ba / / dkon mchog dpal bzang dpon slob rnams kyis brkos / / dge 'dis lung rtogs bstan pa 'phel ba dang / / skye dgu rnams kyi phan bde'i dpal rgyas nas / / 'gro rnams sangs rgyas go 'phang thob par shog / /.
Inscription method: Printed
Inscription description: BP paper , 190ff. 105x600 [leaves] 80x500 [written] , Line drawings of the Buddha on the left and Bu ston Rin chen Grub on the right. There is a nicely decorated cloth label and wooden covers. Foliation: f.-: left, tib, pag. Condition: good.