Lecture by Ms. Juan Wu

MS Add. 1590, f. 262r

Add. 1590, f. 262r, Kalpadrumāvadānamālā

Tuesday 6 December, 11.30 am, room 7, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge

Ajātaśatruparidāpitāvadāna of the Kalpadrumāvadānamālā (MS Add.1590):
Some Preliminary Notes

Ms. Juan Wu (PhD student, Department of Religious Studies, Cardiff University) will outline several versions of the legend of the conversion of Ajātaśatru in Buddhist literature, focusing on the story as narrated in MS Add. 1590.


Lecture by Prof. Dominic Goodall

Ms Add.1049

Two leaves from ms Add. 1049, Pārameśvaratantra

Monday 5 December, 3 pm, room 7, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge

Palaeography and the Oldest Surviving Śaiva Tantra, the Niśvāsatattvasaṃhitā

Professor Goodall (Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient, Paris) will discuss relative chronology of early Tantric texts, for which MS Add. 1049 (early 9th c.) in the UL collections is a crucial piece of evidence.


How it all began…

MS Add. 1042, four loose paper folios, written in 1873 as specimens of transcription.

These specimens were sent over from Nepal by Dr D. Wright in 1873, when it was proposed to obtain copies of various Sanskrit manuscripts existing in Nepal, for the University Library. It was from these leaves that the whole of the present collection took its rise.

Bendall, C. (1883), Catalogue of the Buddhist Sanskrit manuscripts in the University library, Cambridge, p. 26-27.

Two leaves of the Divyāvadāna (ff. 1v-2r), containing part of the Maitrakanyakāvadāna.

Folio 2v of the Divyāvadāna and folio 1r of the Laṅkāvatāra.

Two leaves from the beginning of the Laṅkāvatāra manuscript (ff. 1v-2r).

A leaf from the beginning of the Laṅkāvatāra (f. 2v), and one from the end of the manuscript.