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Postby lucid365 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:34 pm

Is it possible to get all the sutras in one book like the bible? And also what percentage of sutras are not translated into English ,is all buddhist material called sutras?
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Re: buddhist manuscripts

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:31 pm

I can't say "all", but some sutras and other material are collected in a pretty nice book edited by Dwight Goddard, A BUDDHIST BIBLE. The book first came out in 1938, Dutton and Co. It is still in print. It contains selections from sources in four languages and traditions: Pali, Sanskrit, Chinese, and Tibetan. Only the English translations are given, by ten different translators. I've been using my copy since 1977.

Others here will have suggestions about other books or collections, too. Or perhaps also about this one. ;-)

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Re: buddhist manuscripts

Postby Meido on Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:33 pm

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Re: buddhist manuscripts

Postby lucid365 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:54 pm

That's great,I'll check it all out,thanks guys
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Re: buddhist manuscripts

Postby littletsu on Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:58 pm

I don't know about the last 14 years, but I read an article from 1998 where they say only about 1% of the
Chinese and Tibetan texts (I guess most of that is commentary, though) are translated into English or any other Western languages.
Of course this is "only" the Chinese and Tibetan texts, but there are many things that survived "only" in Chinese or Tibetan, if I am not mistaken.
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