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Andrea Schlosser on Gandhara manuscripts

November 27, 2012 - 16:15-18:00

“A glimpse into a hidden past – the rediscovery, deciphering and translation of the earliest Buddhist manuscripts” by Andrea Schlosser (Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Abstract: The subject of this presentation are manuscripts from ancient Gandhāra (modern Northwest Pakistan and East Afghanistan), which came to light during the last two decades. They are written in the Kharoṣṭhī script and contain mostly texts in a Middle Indian dialect named Gāndhārī, although some Sanskrit specimens exist as well. These are the earliest known Buddhist manuscripts, dating from between the 1st century BCE and the 3rd century CE. What makes them special is that they are direct witnesses for the time when Buddhist texts – previously transmitted only orally – were written down and the Mahāyāna literature began to evolve. I will give an overview of the material known to date and present the current work on some of the manuscripts that are being studied in the new project “Buddhist Manuscripts from Gandhāra” at the University of Munich and the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

As usual the lecture will be followed by wine and snacks.

Time and Place: Tuesday November 27th, 16:15-18:00, Seminarrom 10 P.A.Munchs hus

Andrea Schlosser on Gandhara manuscripts


November 27, 2012