A look at Kanjur stemmatics on the basis of recent discoveries. Two passages in the Vinayakṣudrakavastu concerning shaving

03.05.2019 15:15 - 16:45

Nathan W. Hill | SOAS, University of London

Many of the basic questions about the filiation of Kanjur editions already had answers in the closing years of the last century (see Eimer 1992; Harrison 1994; Harrison 1996 inter alia). Nonetheless, over the last two decades the available corpus of Tibetan canonical textual materials had dramatically increased thanks largely to endeavors led from the University of Vienna. These newly available materials remain to be fit into the overall stemmatic picture of Kanjur recensions. Here I discuss specimen editions of two passages from the Vinayakṣudrakavastu (Tib. Ḥdul ba phran tshegs kyi gźi, D.6), making use of fourteen versions of the Kanjur. The edition confirms the importance of the Phudrak and Narthang Kanjur and shows that the so-called 'Dolpo' Kanjur preserves a uniquely archaic alternative version of the text.

The two passages contain etiological stories for why monks and nuns are allowed to possess shaving accouterments.

Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
Seminarraum 1, Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde, AAKH, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7, 1090 Wien