NAGARJUNA BODHISATTVA SUTRA

MS 2540
MS Short Title NAGARJUNA BODHISATTVA SUTRA
Text NAGARJUNA BODHISATTVA SUTRA: FANGBIAN XIN LUN; TRANSLATED BY JIJIAYIE AND TANYAO
Description Blockprint in Chinese on brown mulberry paper, Fuzhou, Fujian province, China, 1095, 75 pp. (complete), folded format, 29x11 cm, 6 columns, (24x11 cm), 17 characters in Chinese book script.
Binding Another vol. of the Dongcan Tripitaka dated 1097 is MS 2488/1
Context The Horyuji temple in the Nara area still possesses a number of these pagodas. MS 2924 is a pagoda with the text Kompon Dharani (see the illustration).
Provenance 1. Dongcan temple, Fuzhou, Fujian province (1095); 2. Ekky Chung collection, Indonesia/Beverly Hills, California (-1997); 3. Sam Fogg, London.
Commentary The sutra was carved on the 2nd year of Shaosheng reign 1095 of Emperor Zhe at Dongcan temple in Fuzhou. From 1080, the patriarch Chongzhen of the Dongcan temple started to gather the funds for the carving of a Tripitaka collection. This work was not completed until 1103. The Dongcan Tripitaka, which corresponds to the 2nd Song Tripitaka edition, eventually finished with more than 6,400 juan in 595 cases. It was also known as Chongni Tripitaka because it was officially approved by Emperor Huei in the 1st year (1102) of Chongni reign, and consequently became the authority of all the Tripitaka. The style displays an excellent example of Yen Zhenqing, the famous Tang calligrapher. The books of this period provide valuable bibliographical data, such as the names of woodblock carvers. In this case, the name of Guanhou is identified between 2 pages.
Place of origin China
Dates 1095 AD

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