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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Srid pa rgyud manuscript @ Bod

Late last year (2011), Dr Nathan Hill wrote from Munich to enquire if Bodleian might possibly have Richardson's manuscript copy of the
Srid pa rgyud kyi kha byang chen mo. Snellgrove had made references
in a few footnotes in Nine Ways of Bon (see pp.15, 16, 17)
to 'Richardson's MS.' of the work. Richardson had mentioned a Srid pa rgyud kyi kha byang chen mo several times in his 1954 article on the stele inscription at Rkong po (JRAS 1954, v.86, no. 3/4), but gave no bibliographic reference for it.
So I looked for any evidence of the manuscript in the catalogue, but no joy. Then it occurred to me that on a shelf behind me were several
as-yet-uncatalogued blockprints which had once belonged to
H. E. Richardson. After a careful look through the pile, eventually
I came across the pertinent manuscript, or so it seems.

Srid pa rgyud kyi kha byang - as found Dec. 2011
 We got the manuscript copied full-size onto A3 paper (with thanks to Angie Goodgame), and Nathan scanned the paper copy as a PDF file. The text scan is now available here , at the Srid pa rgyud link at the bottom of the ensuing webpage.

The full title is Srid pa rgyud kyi kha byang chen mo zhes bya ba bzhugs pa dbu yi gzigs phyogs so.

Title page
 There are 111 ff., ie 221 pp. (final page is blank).
The script is dbu can.
pp.1b and 2a sample
(a single click on the images brings them up large nicely)

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 As to other copies entitled Srid pa rgyud kyi kha byang chen mo, Tenzin Namdak published a copy from
'a rare manuscript from Western Nepal' in 1976, see a reference to it in the PL-480 collection here . It is  a book of 140 pp., with reproduction of a 200 folios Srid pa rgyud therein.


The script is dbu med.
Title page - Tibetan dbu med
Title page
 Bodleian has the microfiche PL-480 collection of Tibetan works.
Search for < P.L. 480/SFC > on Oxford's SOLO for the catalogue reference to the PL-480 microfiche collection, click on the title result and then click on the 'locations' tab for location detail of the PL-480 collection. We also have the hardcopy, see here .
page 1a
page 1b


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R. A. Stein refers in his Antiqua Tibetica V, 1988, to a Srid pa rgyud kyi kha byang manuscript (see here for the references in McKeown's translation into English, and here for the full original article, freely available), where Stein mentions the manuscript is stored in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. Earlier, in his 1971 article entitled La langue žan-žun du bon organisé (on p. 241, n.6) Stein had referred to the manuscript as ' ms. Bibl. Nat. n° 493 '.
I haven't found a reference to the manuscript in the BNF catalogues online, but may be able to find it during a visit vers la fin de Mars. We'll see...

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