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Rare Tibetan Buddhist canons restored
« on: October 12, 2017, 05:18:59 AM »
Experts in northwest China's Gansu Province announced Wednesday that they have restored more than 3,000 pages of some rare Tibetan Buddhist canons, which were severely damaged by floods in the 1970s.

The canons have more than 100,000 pages in total and were held by several Buddhist temples located in Wuwei City, or Liangzhou in ancient times, which is a vital town along the ancient Silk Road. Floods in the 1970s caused severe damage to the artifacts.

The restoration project commenced in 2013 and was carried out by the Museum of Wuwei City and Northwest Minzu University. Experts said about 98 percent of the canons were scriptures, which trace back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

More than 60,000 pages have been separated to date, and 3,069 pages have been restored.

Liang Jihong, deputy curator of the museum, said some of the scriptures contained bright and colorful paintings. Materials for writing included ground gold, silver, pearl, sea snails and cinnabar powder. Liang also mentioned that paper was of very high quality with insect and corrosion prevention materials, which would be very helpful for the research of Tibetan's paper making technology.

The restoration will be also very important for Tibetology studies and the history of ethnic groups relations in northwestern China, Liang added.

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Re: Rare Tibetan Buddhist canons restored
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2017, 09:25:57 AM »
This is really nice to know. We cannot tar China today with the same brush as we did during the Communist Revolution days. Societies change. One type of society will give birth to another type of society, this is always true. We should celebrate this budding Buddhist renaissance in China. I rejoice this new development. So happy.


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Re: Rare Tibetan Buddhist canons restored
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2017, 08:56:17 AM »
I agree that this restoration work points to a strong revival of interest in Tibetan Buddhism. In actual fact, by enthroning the 11th Panchen Lama and establishing him now as an indisputable leader of Buddhism in China as he reaches maturity, China is showing in no uncertain terms that it takes religion and Tibetan Buddhism very seriously.

Indeed, there is much patient and tireless effort put into the restoration of these Tibetan Buddhist canons, which have  been severely damaged in the 1970s. Altogether there is a total of more than 100,000 pages. To date, over 3000 pages have been restored.

These canons are invaluable particularly to Tibetology studies.