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Friday, May 30, 2008

May I remind you...

... what a great site is?

And while we're at it, also check this. You are invited to take advantage of the chambermaid.


Thursday, May 29, 2008

"The Monuments of the Angkor Group" by Maurice Glaize

Glaize's book is already a classic and this tasteful world-wide-web version does justice to this very useful guide to Angkor.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

DSBC new text: Padyacūḍāmaṇi

Thanks to the good offices of the Nagarjuna Institute of Exact Methods, the Siddhārthacarit[/r]a or Padyacūḍāmaṇi is now online over at the DSBC. The source has not yet been specified, but it is most likely from Swami Dwarikadas Shastri's edition: Siddhārthacarita Kāvya of Ācārya Buddhaghoṣa, Bauddha Bhārati series no. 31 (Varanasi 1994).

PS: I only wish they'd put the whole text in one html file and input ṃ for ṁ...

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Jinajik enters bardo

For reasons unspecified and probably better not told, as of today "Jinajik" has suspended its activity. It is with a sad heart that I am writing this necrology, for Jinajik has been a source of inspiration with its carefully and entertainingly written entries. Its author became a true friend, although we met only once (but corresponded all the more often). I sincerely hope that someday a sprul sku of this valuable blog, one of the best out there as far as Vajrayāna is concerned, will emerge from the intermediate state (in less than 49 days). Until then it will be missed by at least one reader.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Schøyen Collection

The Schøyen Collection is up for sale. So, anyone with 70 million under your pillow, please give me a call. Baring that the collection seems most likely to end up in the Norwegian State Library.

P.S. I really don't know just how well informed that site is. Browsing idly I came across this curious statement:

"Many Turkic tribes began to infiltrate into Europe about the fifth century CE. The Magyars moved into what is now Finland; ..."

It's interesting to know that I'm a Turk. And that we actually nowadays live in Finland. Which reminds me of the famous Hungarian joke. We (Finno-Ugric tribes or whatever) all started off towards Europe. Those who could read the road-signs ended up in Finland. Those who could not ...

P.S.S. update thanks to Peter Wyzlic.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Tibetans undertake Herculean tusk

Although my English is bad enough, I can't resist quoting these sentences:

The result of this Herculean tusk gave birth of Tibetan Buddhist canons in 13th century.

Tibetans developed a literary language from the 7th century on wards.

The site is otherwise informative (if you know how to read it) and written with good will and dedication.