A History of Sanskrit Grammatical Literature in Tibet, Volume 1 Transmission of the Canonical Literature

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Overview

The first comprehensive survey of the important corpus of Indic literature on Sanskrit grammar, extant in Tibetan translation in the Buddhist canon.
Core of the study is the description of the forty-seven Sanskrit grammatical treatises covering some two thousand folios in the canon. The contents of these texts and the historical information regarding their Tibetan translators are examined in detail. Further chapters are devoted to the grammatical analysis in an eighth-century Tibetan handbook for translators, and to data from Tibetan historiography.
The book offers the first systematic study of the extent and the historical development of the Tibetan expertise in Sanskrit grammar, a central scholastic discipline in Buddhism. It opens up a section of Tibetan literature essential to the understanding of the Indo-Tibetan indigenous grammatical traditions.

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'One cannot but praise the way Verhagen has achieved his aim to give a comprehensive survey of the Sanskrit grammatical texts translated into Tibetan. Verhagen's compendium constitutes an excellent reliable basis for any further study of the grammatica traditions in Buddhist India and Tibet.'
de Jong, Indo-Iranian Journal.
'With the publication of this impressive and meticulously documented dissertation (Leiden, 1991), the study of Tibet's acquisition of Indic grammatical science is finally placed upon a firm philological foundation. It is an enormously important contribution both to Indology and to Tibetology.'
Roy Andrew Miller, Journal of the American Oriental Society.
'Verhagen's study of the Sanskrit grammatical literature in Tibet clearly constitutes a work of considerable importance...it is well-researched, and structured in a way to allow for quick reference...it is the type of book that one would expect to have been written years ago and must, therefore, be warmly welcome.'
Ulrich Pagel, Bulletin of the SOAS, 1995.
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Meet the Author

Pieter Cornelis Verhagen, Ph.D. (1991) in Arts, Leiden University, is research-fellow on behalf of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences at Leiden University. He has published several articles on aspects of indigenous Indic and Tibetan grammar in scientific periodicals, collections of essays and conference proceedings.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Note on transliteration
0 Introduction 1
I Pre-classical period: Elements of Sanskrit grammatical analysis in a ninth-century Tibetan lexical commentary (Sgra-sbyor-bam-po-gnis-pa) 9
II Earliest Tibetan corpus of Sanskrit grammatical literature (CG 1-23) 46
III Tibetan corpus of Sanskrit grammatical literature: later additions (CG 24-47) 108
IV Tibetan historiography on the study of Sanskrit grammar in India and Tibet 166
Concluding observations 203
Bibliography 219
Appendices A. Description of CG 231
Appendices B. Transmission-lineage of Sanskrit grammatical studies in Tibet 324
Appendices C. Concordance of basic verses of Vararuca-samgraha, CG 18, 26 and 39 327
Appendices D. Glossary of grammatical terms: Sanskrit 333
Appendices E. Glossary of grammatical terms: Tibetan 339
Indices: Sanskrit personal names 341
Indices: Sanskrit terms 342
Indices: Sanskrit titles 345
Indices: Tibetan personal names 347
Indices: Tibetan terms 350
Indices: Tibetan titles 351
Maps A. Tibet and surrounding countries 355
Maps B. Central Tibet 356
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