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    Asia polyglotta
    • Contributor: Klaproth, Julius Von
    • Date: 1823

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    A Compendium of the Five Lamps. Wu deng hui yuan (A compendium of the five lamps) was compiled by Chan Buddhist master Puji. Puji (1179-1253), style name Dachuan, was a native of Fenghua, Siming (in present-day Zhejiang). His family name was Zhang. At the age of 19, he became a monk and entered the Xianglin Monastery. He went to Chicheng to study the Buddhist Tiantai theory of nature inclusion. Later...
    • Contributor: Puji
    • Date: 1195
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    Quotations of Ancient Zen Masters. Gu zun su yu lu: cun er shi wu jia, san shi er (Quotations of ancient Zen masters) is a collection of important quotations by Zen masters of the late Tang dynasty, Five Dynasties, and early Southern Song (circa 700-1150). The expression zun su in the title means respected men of older generations. It is a synonym of zhang lao (elders) and da de...
    • Date: 1267
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    Buddhist Sutra "Jū-issai-fukutoku-zanmai-kyō". The hand copying of Buddhist sutras was believed to confer great merit and spiritual benefit, so that from the introduction of Buddhism to Japan in the sixth century, numerous manuscripts were reproduced throughout the country. Shown here is a volume from the hand-copied Issai-kyō (a Buddhist corpus) commissioned by the Empress Kōmyō (701-60), wife of the Emperor Shōmu, to pray for the repose of...
    • Date: 0740

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    Twenty-One Hymns to the Rescuer Mother of Buddhas. Also known as "Twenty-One Hymns to the Rescuer Saint Tārā, Mother of Buddhas," this item is a sutra from Tibetan esoteric Buddhism. The copyist was Yong Rong (1744--90), sixth son of the Qianlong emperor and general editor of the Siku quanshu. In addition to being a poet, calligrapher, and painter, Yong Rong had a sophisticated understanding of astronomy and mathematics. On the top protective...
    • Contributor: Yong, Rong
    • Date: 1763

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    The Completion of Mere Ideation. In Japan temples were the center of publishing until the Middle Ages. The Kasuga edition of the Buddhist scriptures was produced at the Kōfuku-ji Temple in Nara. These scrolls, from that edition, contain the text of Jōyuishikiron (The completion of mere ideation), a commentary on the work by the Indian scholar Seshin (Vasubandhu in Sanskrit) known as Yuishiki sanjūju (Triṃśikā-vijñapti-kārikā in Sanskrit, Weishi sanshi...
    • Contributor: Vasubandhu - Xuanzang
    • Date: 1300
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    A New Edition of Accounts of Those Born in the Pure Land. In Buddhism, ōjō means rebirth in the "Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss," where Buddha lives. Believers in the Pure Land (Jōdo) school of Buddhism fervently pray to Amitabha to ask for this rebirth. An ōjōden is a collection of the biographies of people who have achieved ōjō. It is thought that attainment of this paradise by an individual is indicated by miracles that occur...
    • Contributor: Wang, Gu, Active 11th Century-12th Century
    • Date: 1128
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    Srid paʼi khor lo. "Tibetan Collection/Thangka no. 6" on cover of box. 20th century thangka on cloth depicting the Tibetan wheel of life, including the 6 realms of existence, the 3 root poisons, and the 12 links of dependent origination. Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. digital files not viewed; td12 2013-7-16
    • Date: 19??
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    Miao fa lian hua jing : qi juan
    妙法蓮華經 : 七卷 /
    Also available in digital form. Gift Ellery Sedgwick 1948. 一捲一木匣. One folded sheet in wooden case. 南宋紹興末刻本 經褶裝 上下單邊 左右通欄 無魚尾 匡高16.8公分 全書高19.6,寬8.7公分 (全書攤開時, 長68呎4吋, 寬6.5吋). 十二行二十七字. On each sheet, twelve lines with twenty-seven characters per line. 函脊號 1565 簽條號無. 封面封底佚去。卷一題"姚秦三藏法師鳩摩羅什奉詔譯"。前刻佛經故事圖,釋道宣《妙法蓮華經弘傳序》。正文前扉畫繪刻精細,全畫是一幅故事畫的構圖,佔了七個褶葉的畫面以"之"字佈局,連貫著一個一個的單元場景。這些單元並非按照經文的次第來安排,而是對經文中的重要宗教理念作出形象化的說明。這些形象化的單元有高度概括性,每一單元都標上說明,如"靈山妙會","授聲聞記","三車出宅","聚沙為塔","王子覆講","妙音東來","智積文殊","藥王燃臂","千佛授手"等等,佈局十分繁複,卻沒有擁擠的感覺。尤其難得的是,綫條清晰利落,毫芒畢現,雕刻水平十分高超. 本書的刊印年代,可由刻工推知。卷端扉畫末左下鐫"四明陳高刀",而在全數34葉中的20葉,有"陳忠"、"洪新"、"洪茂"、"蔣暉"等刻工名字(隱藏於接縫内)。據王重民考證,這五人中有兩人在1146年刻過《事類賦》,有三人在1158年刻過《文選》,有一人在1164年刻過《武經龜鑒》,都是杭州及附近地區的刊本,因此認為此本《妙法蓮華經》當是1160年前後杭州地區的刻本(John M. Rosenfield [Harvard University]: "The Sedgwick Statue of the Infant Shotoku Taishi", Archives of Asian Art 22 [1968/69] p.63引王重民說;Sedgwick,Ellery: "A Chinese printed...
    • Contributor: Hong, Xin - Jiang, Hui - Chen, Zhong - Chen, Gao - Daoxuan - Kumārajīva - Hong, Mao - Chinese Rare Book Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1150
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    Portraits of 500 Arhats. Wu bai Luohan tu (Portraits of 500 arhats), written and inscribed by Emperor Gaozong (1711-99), reign title Qianlong (reigned 1736-96), was originally a painting by Wang Fangyue. Wang Fangyue, born in Wuxi, Jiangsu, was a court painter during Emperor Qianlong's reign, and excelled in figure and landscape painting. An arhat is someone who has reached true enlightenment (nirvana). The entire painting is divided into...
    • Contributor: Qianlong, Emperor of China - Wang, Fangyue, Active 1757
    • Date: 1757

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    Buddhist Texts, Including the Legend of Phra Malai, with Illustrations of The Ten Birth Tales. The legend of Phra Malai, a Buddhist monk of the Theravada tradition said to have attained supernatural powers through his accumulated merit and meditation, is the main text in this 19th-century Thai samut khoi (folding book) held in the Thai, Lao, and Cambodian Collections of the British Library. Phra Malai figures prominently in Thai art, religious treatises, and rituals associated with the afterlife, and...
    • Contributor: Amdangdee, Am
    • Date: 1894

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    Diamond Prajna Paramita Sutra. This complete scroll from the first year of the Yifeng era (676) of the Tang dynasty was unearthed in Dunhuang, China. The scroll contains the Diamond Prajna pāramitā sutra, a work that is an important sacred text in the prajñā line of Mahayana Buddhism as well as a foundational text in Chinese Chan (Japanese Zen) Buddhism. The text was transmitted to China in the...
    • Contributor: Liu, Honggui
    • Date: 0676

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    Buddhist Sutra "Bimashōkyō". The hand copying of Buddhist sutras was believed to confer great merit and spiritual benefit, so that from the introduction of Buddhism to Japan in the sixth century numerous manuscripts were reproduced throughout the country. In the late Heian period, there arose the Mappō (age of Dharma decline) doctrine, which held that Buddhist teaching, and consequently the protection of Buddha, would decline. At a...
    • Contributor: Guṇabhadra, 394-468
    • Date: 1100

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    Geographical Description of Tiantai Mountain. Tendaisan ki (Tiantaishanji in Chinese) is a geographical description of the Chinese holy mountain, Tendaisan (Tiantaishan in Chinese), located in Zheijiang Province. The author, Xu Lingfu, was a Taoist who lived in seclusion in order to discipline his mind and body. Xu lived on Tendaisan from 815 to 825, where he wrote this book. A Japanese monk studying in China may have copied the...
    • Contributor: Zhipan, Shi, Active 13th Century - Xu, Lingfu, Active 9th Century
    • Date: 1000

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    Wei shi kai meng da wen : er juan
    唯識開蒙問答 : 二卷 / | Wei shi kai meng | 唯識開蒙問答 : 二卷.
    Questions and answers intended to inspire the study of Buddhism; author Yunfeng was a monk in Yitai Temple.
    • Contributor: Zonggao - Yunfeng - Chinese Rare Book Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1628
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    [Tāvatiṃsa, the heavenly abode] Also available in digital form on the Library of Congress Web site. Pali and Burmese. digital files not viewed; td12 2013-7-16
    • Date: 17??

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    Treatise on Cats. This manuscript containing fine paintings of cats is in the format of a samut khoi (Thai folding book) with 12 folios, which open from top to bottom. It was produced in the 19th century in central Thailand. Folding books were usually made from the bark of mulberry trees; minerals, plant liquids, and occasionally materials imported from China and Europe were used as paints. Sometimes...
    • Date: 1800

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    Pechat' Albazinskogo ostroga 1682 goda serebri︠a︡nai︠a︡.
    Печать Албазинского острога 1682 года серебряная.
    The item presented here is from a collection of 95 drawings, color photographs, and slides documenting the results of the archaeological excavations at the fortress of Albazin, the first Russian settlement on the Amur River (at the present-day village of Albazino in the Amurskaya Oblast). The Russians established the fort at Albazin in 1651, and it soon became the largest fortified settlement of Russian...
    • Contributor: Artem'ev, Aleksandr Rudol'fovich
    • Date: 1991
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    Ikona Albazinskoĭ Bozh'eĭ materi serediny XVII veka.
    Икона Албазинской Божьей матери середины XVII века.
    The item presented here is from a collection of 95 drawings, color photographs, and slides documenting the results of the archaeological excavations at the fortress of Albazin, the first Russian settlement on the Amur River (at the present-day village of Albazino in the Amurskaya Oblast). The Russians established the fort at Albazin in 1651, and it soon became the largest fortified settlement of Russian...
    • Contributor: Artem'ev, Aleksandr Rudol'fovich
    • Date: 1990
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Mys s ostatkami Albazinskogo ostroga. Vid s i︠u︡ga.
    Мыс с остатками Албазинского острога. Вид с юга.
    The item presented here is from a collection of 95 drawings, color photographs, and slides documenting the results of the archaeological excavations at the fortress of Albazin, the first Russian settlement on the Amur River (at the present-day village of Albazino in the Amurskaya Oblast). The Russians established the fort at Albazin in 1651, and it soon became the largest fortified settlement of Russian...
    • Contributor: Artem'ev, Aleksandr Rudol'fovich
    • Date: 1991
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Mys s ostatkami Albazinskogo ostroga. Vid s severa.
    Мыс с остатками Албазинского острога. Вид с севера.
    The item presented here is from a collection of 95 drawings, color photographs, and slides documenting the results of the archaeological excavations at the fortress of Albazin, the first Russian settlement on the Amur River (at the present-day village of Albazino in the Amurskaya Oblast). The Russians established the fort at Albazin in 1651, and it soon became the largest fortified settlement of Russian...
    • Contributor: Artem'ev, Aleksandr Rudol'fovich
    • Date: 1995
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    Albazinskiĭ ostrog. Severnai︠a︡ chast'. Vid s i︠u︡go-zapada.
    Албазинский острог. Северная часть. Вид с юго-запада.
    The item presented here is from a collection of 95 drawings, color photographs, and slides documenting the results of the archaeological excavations at the fortress of Albazin, the first Russian settlement on the Amur River (at the present-day village of Albazino in the Amurskaya Oblast). The Russians established the fort at Albazin in 1651, and it soon became the largest fortified settlement of Russian...
    • Contributor: Artem'ev, Aleksandr Rudol'fovich
    • Date: 2001
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    Albazinskiĭ ostrog. Plan.
    Албазинский острог. План.
    The item presented here is from a collection of 95 drawings, color photographs, and slides documenting the results of the archaeological excavations at the fortress of Albazin, the first Russian settlement on the Amur River (at the present-day village of Albazino in the Amurskaya Oblast). The Russians established the fort at Albazin in 1651, and it soon became the largest fortified settlement of Russian...
    • Contributor: Artem'ev, Aleksandr Rudol'fovich
    • Date: 2002
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    Albazinskiĭ ostrog. Raskop A na meste severo-vostochnoĭ uglovoĭ bashni 1682-1685 gg. Vid s i︠u︡go-zapada.
    Албазинский острог. Раскоп А на месте северо-восточной угловой башни 1682-1685 гг. Вид с юго-запада.
    The item presented here is from a collection of 95 drawings, color photographs, and slides documenting the results of the archaeological excavations at the fortress of Albazin, the first Russian settlement on the Amur River (at the present-day village of Albazino in the Amurskaya Oblast). The Russians established the fort at Albazin in 1651, and it soon became the largest fortified settlement of Russian...
    • Contributor: Artem'ev, Aleksandr Rudol'fovich
    • Date: 1990
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Albazinskiĭ ostrog. Raskopki na meste severo-vostochnoĭ uglovoĭ bashni 1682-1685 gg. Vid s i︠u︡ga.
    Албазинский острог. Раскопки на месте северо-восточной угловой башни 1682-1685 гг. Вид с юга.
    The item presented here is from a collection of 95 drawings, color photographs, and slides documenting the results of the archaeological excavations at the fortress of Albazin, the first Russian settlement on the Amur River (at the present-day village of Albazino in the Amurskaya Oblast). The Russians established the fort at Albazin in 1651, and it soon became the largest fortified settlement of Russian...
    • Contributor: Artem'ev, Aleksandr Rudol'fovich
    • Date: 1990