Sarvagatipariśodhana-Uṣṇīṣavijayā nāma Dhāraṇī : Sanskrit Text Collated with Tibetan and Chinese Translations, along with Japanese Translation
畝部, 俊也UNEBE, Toshiya
146 , 2015-03-31 , 名古屋大学文学部
This article presents a Sanskrit text of Sarvagatipariśodhana-Uṣṇīṣavijayā nāma Dhāraṇī, collated with Tibetan and Chinese translations in order to provide materials for a future more critical and comprehensive edition. According to Batton (2000), a professional numismatist brought an early birch bark manuscript to her studio for consultation in the fall of 1998. It then turned out to be a Gilgit-Bamiyan manuscript of the text well corresponding to Chinese versions of the sūtra of the Uṣṇīṣavijayā Dhāraṇī, which narrates an episode relating the circumstances that led the Buddha to teach the dhāraṇī. At present, MIHO museum at Shiga Prefecture, Japan holds this manuscript. This episode had been available only in Chinese and Tibetan translations until the finding of this Gilgit-Bamiyan manuscript. Melzer (2007) has already provisionally transliterated and edited the manuscript. As she shows, it has been damaged and many portions of it are missing. To fill the gaps, this article presents parallel passages found in other Sanskrit Buddhist texts. Also, as a supplement to the collated text, I have added a Japanese translation of the preliminary reconstructed Sanskrit text.