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Study of Two Folios of the Uighur Text “Abitaki”

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Abstract:

Recently we found 25 folios in Uighur of the the so-called “Abitaki” text in Beijing. The word “Abitaki” (< Chinese “Amituojing/Amitaking = Sanskrit Amitābha-sūtra) is used only as a code name written in small letter on the left side of some folios of the manuscript. But it has nothing to do with the famous scripture “Amitābha-sūtra” (one chapter, translated into Chinese by Kumārajīva in the 4th century AD). I hold that it belongs to a lost Buddhist Chinese book called “Da Bai Lian She Jing” (The Great White Lotus Society Sūtra) consisting of 4 chapters of the Pure Land School and it was copied in Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). Here I study and publish 2 folios (belonging to the 3rd chapter) of the text. The whole text will be published in the near future.

Keywords: Abitaki; Amit?bha; School of Pure Land

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 15, 2004

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