Vincenzo Vergiani et al, eds. December 2017. Indic Manuscript Cultures through the Ages. Material, Textual, and Historical Investigations. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. Studies in Manuscript Cultures 14. ISBN 978-3-11-054310-0. doi:10.1515/9783110543100 [PDFs 🔓]
Iain Sinclair. 2016. ‘The appearance of tantric monasticism in Nepal: a history of the public image and fasting ritual of Newar Buddhism, 980-1380’. Monash University, Melbourne: PhD diss. 418 pp., 90 illustrations, 27 tables. DOI:10.4225/03/58ab8cadcf152
Lee, Hsu-Feng. 2017. ‘A Study Of The Śarīrārthagāthā In The Yogācārabhūmi‘. PhD diss., University of Sydney. 290 pp. URI: [PDF]
From the Abstract: The Śarīrārthagāthā (Tǐyì qiétā 體義伽他;‘dus pa’i don gyi tshigs su bcad pa) is a collection of canonical verses with accompanying commentary in the Yogācārabhūmi (Yúqié shī dì lùn 瑜伽師地論; rnal ‘byor spyod pa’i sa), an encyclopedic text of India’s major Mahāyāna philosophical school. […] Continue reading “Lee (2017), The Śarīrārthagāthā”
Abhayākaragupta; 四川省藏文古籍搜集保护编务院 (编) [Sichuan Sheng Zang wen gu ji sou ji bao hu bian wu yuan (ed)]. 2015. 藏区民间所藏藏文珍稀文献丛刊（精华版）[Rare and ancient Tibetan texts collected in Tibetan regions series: collection edition]. Vol. 1: Dpal yang dag par sbyor pa’i rgyud kyi rgyal po’i rgya cher ‘grel pa 第一卷《喜金刚吉祥正加行续王之注释》 [Śrīsaṃpuṭatantraṭīkā Āmnāyamañjarī]. Chengdu: Sichuan Nationalities Publishing House 四川民族出版社. 891 pp. 17 × 46 cm. ISBN: 9787540959746.
Note: Volume 1 is a facsimile of a complete bilingual Sanskrit-Tibetan MS, with Sanskrit in Bhujiṅmol script and Tibetan underneath in dbu med script.
De Simini, Florinda. 2016. Of Gods and Books. Ritual and Knowledge Transmission in the Manuscript Cultures of Premodern India. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. xi+477 pp. ISBN 978-3-11-047881-5. EPub / Open Access PDF.
Karen Maria Muldoon-Hules. ‘Brides of the Buddha and Other Stories: Reading the Women’s Stories of the 8th “Varga” of the “Avadānaśataka” in Context’. PhD dissertation, University of California at Los Angeles, 2011. 455 pages. ISBN: 9781124885032; ProQuest document ID 2462477631.
From the Abstract
There has been little in the way of systematic examinations of the evidence on marriage customs among Buddhists, and our understanding of the lives of early Buddhist women is still quite limited. Much of what has been published on early Buddhist women is based on Pali texts from Sri Lanka. Fortunately, ten stories or avadanas about women in the Avadānaśataka, a north Indian text probably compiled 2nd-4th century C.E., offer a chance to nuance [sic] that understanding. These stories provide evidence for marital customs among north Indian Buddhists during this period, customs that show significant Brahmanical influence. In addition, these ten avadānas hint at a changing position for Buddhist nuns that may have been related to an increasingly conservative view of women emerging in the Brahmanical tradition and a revamping of the asrama system into sequential life-stages for men.
Sarita Dash. The Bauddhatantis of Orissa: culture, identity, and resurgence of an ancient guild of Buddhist weavers. Birahakrushnapur (Puri District, Orissa): Society for Environment Action and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, 2002. 67 p. [ Worldcat ]
So one of the surviving pockets of Indian Buddhism is in Orissa? Now, I don’t buy the claim that the manuscript used in Shastri’s Bauddha gān o doha (1916) epitomizes the Oriyan struggle against the British Rāj. But something Bauddha is still going on there, it seems. The question is: what?
Plea: Still looking for a copy of this obscure work; the only one I know if is at the Library of Congress. My attempts to order it from India failed.