Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Eminent Tibetan Tulku visits Bodleian Tibetan Collection

On Thursday 22 June, 2017, 
His Holiness Gyalwang Drukchen Rinpoche 
paid a visit to Weston Library, 
where the Tibetan collection of manuscripts and xylographs 
held by the Bodleian Library are lodged.

Dr Gillian Evison, Head of Oriental Collections, welcomed him.

and in the Blackwell Hall:

Dr Evison, Gyalwa Drukchen, Professor Ulrike Roesler

After a brief overview of the collection - 
Capt Samuel Turner's scroll, the Schlagintweit Collection, 
and donations from the Indian Government
WY Evans-Wentz, FW Thomas, 
MV Aris, H Richardson, J Stapleton-Driver -

Rinpoche saw a selection of texts relating to
 the 'Brug pa (Drukpa) lineage and the Ladakh area.

An excellent visit!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Donation of Tibetan texts to Bodleian by Malcolm Puttick

In March (2017), Malcolm Puttick kindly offered
 2 Prajñāpāramitā illustrated manuscripts to 
Bodleian Library Tibetan Collection.

Additionally, a decorated Tibetan wooden box 
was donated, 
and a folding table used by lamas 
for reading Tibetan texts 
(see further below)

The two texts are volumes 2 (kha) and 4 (nga) of 
a 25,000-verse Prajñāpāramitā, 
part of Buddhist wisdom literature

(clicking or tapping on an image enlarges it)



The reading table is carved 
and has Tibetan & Chinese designs:

The decorated box, with padlock,featured in a Spinks auction (London) in 1992

   with an unclear inscription, probably damaged by the padlock
(lcags 'brug gsar bzos chos skyong ... gyi ... chas .... cha tshang skyabs)

With thanks to Malcolm Puttick -