The 5th Orientalist Conference in Memory of Dr. O.O. Rosenberg. Proceedings of the Conference [Пятые востоковедные чтения памяти О. О. Розенберга. Труды участников научной конференции]. Ed. by T.V.Ermakova, E.P.Ostrovskaya, M.I.Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya (chief). St Petersburg 2012. 320 p.
Foreword by M.I. Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya
From the History of St. Petersburg School of Buddhist Studies
T.V. Ermakova. Japanese Scholars - Participants of the Projects of Saint-Petersburg School of Buddhist Studies - 20
An article deals with key figures among Japanese Buddhologists 1880s-1930s:
Bunju Nanjio and Unray Wogihara which were participants in the projects of Saint
Petersburg school of Buddhist studies. On the base of biobibliographical materials
speciments of Japanese Buddhist education analised: it was Chinese Buddhist canon
study. Ascertain the fact, that this speciment determined format of Japanese collaboration
in the Russian projects.
Key words: Saint Petersburg school of the Buddhist Studies, Japanese Buddhist
Studies, Bunyiu Nanjio, Unray Wogihara
E.P. Ostrovskaya. M.I. Tubyansky as a Representative of the Russian Scholarship - 45
In the article an analytical survey of works of the eminent representative of St. Petersburg
school of Buddhist studies Mikhail Izrailevich Tubyansky is made. Basing on the
materials and documents kept in the Orientalists Archive of IOM RAS and
St. Petersburg department of RAS archive, author demonstrates that the problems
elaborated by M.I. Tubyansky were in accordance with the complex program
of Buddhist studies worked out by S.F. Oldenburg and Th.I. Stcherbatsky in twentieth
years of 20th century.
Key words: Buddhism, St. Petersburg school of Buddhist studies, S.F. Oldenburg,
Th.I. Stcherbatsky, M.I. Tubyansky
E.V. Stolyarova. The Process of Development of the Methodology for the Investigation of the Indian Written Heritage Studies in Russia (second half of XIX - early XX centures) - 61
The article deals with analysis and evaluation of the process of development
of Russian Indology as a theoretical discipline. Methodological positions and methods
of the main contributors to this process (I.P. Minaev, S.F. Oldenburg,
F.I. Stcherbatsky, O.O. Rosenberg) are interpreted.
Key words: hindu written heritage, indology in Russia, I.P. Minaev,
S.F. Oldenburg, F.I. Stcherbatsky, O.O. Rosenberg
Along the Pages of the Written Heritage
M.I. Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya. Sanskrit Tripitaka in the Light of Paleographical Studies (1920-2000) - 78
Sanskrit Tripitaka, a corpus of Buddhist canonical texts in Sanskrit, unlike
fully extant Pāli Tipitaka, is known in original only fragmentarily, in manuscripts
revealed in Eastern Turkestan oases and in North Western India. Paleographical studies
(1920-2000) demonstrate that dogmatic parts of Sanskrit and Pāli canons - Sūtra
(the collection of sermons) and Vinaya (religious disciplinary code) - were formed
synchronically in the traditions of different schools of early Buddhism. Expounding
the results of her own investigations of a Buddhist manuscript found in 1966 near
Bairam Ali (oasis of Merv), the author shows that the core of Sarvāstivāda Vinaya
consisted of three texts - «Prātimokṣa-sūtra», «Vinayavibhaṅga» and «Vinayavastu».
Key words: Buddhism, Buddhist canonical literature, Buddhist manuscripts from
Eastern Turkestan, Merv, Bairam-Ali manuscript
V.P. Ivanov. The Part and the Whole in the Linguophilosophical Models of Kashmir Shaiva Tradition - 97
The paper deals with the ontolinguistic constructions of the Kashmir Shaiva tradition.
Its pivotal model is а so called ‘phonematic emanation’ of the indivisible universal
consciousness (saüvid) that results in the emergence of the multiplicity of things. The
paramount importance of this model (presented in the texts of Mālinīvijayottaratantra,
Parātrīśikāvivaraṇa, Tantrāloka etc.) is determined by the necessity to overcome the
logical paradox of the co-existence of mutually opposed principles of oneness and the
multitude of phenomenological existence. This collision is set off in the tradition by the
committing of the ontological status to such reality as Speech (vāc), for the very core of
this two-sided entity is the superimposition of the two principles - unity and diversity,
presented in the unity of meaning and multiplicity of means that manifest it (words,
phonemes). Sanskrit phonemes (varõa) that function as elementary entities in the system
(constructing the ‘linguistic gestalt’ of this world) could be compared with the atomistic
approaches of other Indian schools of thought (Vaiśeṣika etc.). Some practical aspects
of the Tantra practice, such as Mātṛkānyāsa and Mālinīnyāsa and their symbolism are
also highlighted in the paper.
Key words: India, Hinduism, Kashmir Shaiva Tradition
F.V. Kubasov. On Relations between Zen and the Political Power in Muromachi Period (1336-1477) - 114
This article is concentrated on the relations of Muso Soseki (1275-1351), one
of the most prominent Zen priests of Muromachi period (1336-1477), with Ashikaga
Takauji (1305-1358), the first Shogun of Ashikaga clan, Shoguns’ brother Ashikaga
Tadayoshi (1306-1352) and the Emperor Go-Daigo (1288-1339). It is the attempt
to analyze the regards of Muso Soseki on Takauji and Go-Daigo, placed in such source
as “Baishoron” (“The tractate on Plum and Pine”) where we can see how confucianised
the political thought of Zen Buddhists was. The fragment of “Baishoron” is compared
with the fragment of “Muso Kokushi goroku” (“The Analects of Muso Kokushi”)
where he reflects about the origins of enmity between Takauji and Go-Daigo. The fact
that Zen has spread all over Japan because of the Shogunate’s protection is rather well-known but the translated fragment is very illustrious example of it.
Key words: Buddhism, Zen, Zen and the Political Power in Muromachi Period,
P.D. Lenkov. The Concept of “Self” in the Philosophical Discourse ofVijnanavada - 122
The theme of the article are the views of Mahāyāna Buddhist school of Vijñānavāda on
the problem of origination of the concept of “Self” as a form of false self-consciousness
in individual mind, presupposing the existence of Ātman (a substantial soul) and Ātmin (its predicates). The theoretical basis of the conception is the Vijñānavāda doctrine
of Ālaya-vijñāna (receptacle consciousness) - a fundamental level of mind constituting
the cognitive context of knowledge. In the philosophical discourse of Vijñānavāda the
origination of the concept of “Self” was interpreted as an illusion of unenlightened
mind, falsely identifying the functioning of receptacle consciousness with manifestation
Key words: Buddhism, Buddhist philosophy, Vijñānavāda
A.S. Rysakov. The Rituals of the Tang Imperial Court According to the Text of Da Tang Kai-yuan Li - 130
On the basis of the text “Da Tang Kai-yuan li” (mid-8th century), that has not been studied in Russian or Western Sinology, the general outline of the imperial
rites that existed in the period of the Tang dynasty is presented; the structure of the traditional descriptions
of ritual practices, the spatial and temporal aspects of their implementation are analyzed.
Key words: ritual, Chinese history, Tang dynasty, imperial ideology, Confucianism
S.Kh. Shomakhmadov. The Studies of “ Diamond Sutra” Text from the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts RAS Collection. Past, Present, Future - 135
The article contains the brief history of discovering and investigating of Buddhist
manuscripts from Dunhuang and particularly - Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramita-sūtra
(“The Sūtra about Transcendent Wisdom cutting [the darkness of ignorance] like the
Diamond [Sword]”; the most known in its short title - “Diamond Sūtra”) - the
one of the most popular Prajñāpāramita texts. Th author gives the brief description
of Vajracchedikā´s manuscripts from Dunhuang collection preserved at the Institute
of Oriental Manuscripts of RAS (St. Petersburg, Russia).
Key words: Manuscripts, Prajñāpāramita, Vajracchedikā
Buddhism in the Civil Society
E.A. Ostrovskaya. Sociological Study of the Religious Non-Governmental Organizations in the Russian Federation and in the Republic of Korea - 144
The article deals with the sociological study of religious non-governmental
organizations of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Korea. The author
investigates how ideological innovation processes in politics contribute to the emergence
of new forms of social activities within traditional religions of the RF and the ROK.
The attention is focused on a comparative research of the Buddhist organizations’
institutional activity in the RF and the ROK.
Key words: democratic political systems, Russian Federation, Republic of Korea,
religions in civil society, religious non-governmental civil organizations, Buddhism,
Buddhist civil organizations
E.Yu. Kharkova. The Recreation of the Buddhist Sacred Landscape in Buryatia - 160
The present paper focuses on recreating the sacred Buddhist landscape in Buryatia,
where Tibetan Buddhism has been spread since the early 18th century. The sacred
Buddhist landscape is regarded here as a system of natural and artificial objects that
serve as physical supports for spiritual practice and, due to their special function
of keeping alive historical and confessional memories of the people, are conducive
to preservation of its ethnical identity.
It is noted that the semiotic function of the Buddhist sacred landscape turns landscape
into text. At the same time Buddhist historical and hagiographical texts are full of place
names that often offer clues to the text’s meaning and allow its more accurate
Over the last 20 years the process of recreating the sacred Buddhist landscape
in Buryatia has attained certain specific features. Along with the revival of the old
objects of worship, such as monasteries, stupas, caves, springs and groves, new objects
of worship appear. Most of them memorialize the foremost personalities in the history
of Buddhism in Buryatia, among them Pandita Khambo lamas (heads of the Buryat
Buddhist Sangha), lama Agvan Dorzhiev, Bidiya Dandaron, and others.
The effort to recreate the sacred Buddhist landscape undertaken by the Buryat
Buddhist clergy and believers makes an important part of the Buddhist renaissance
in Russia. It also plays a great role in developing the region, both culturally and
Key words: Buddhism, Tibetan sociocultural form of Buddhism, Buddhism
in Buryatia, Buddhist sacred Landscape in Buryatia
L.B. Chetyrova. Buddhism in the Architecture and Monuments of Three Capitals: Elista, Ulan-Ude, Ulan-Bator - 168
This paper is focused on the problem of using Buddhist symbols in the process of
constructing new nations. The comparison of three Mongolian peoples’ capitals shows
that Buddhist symbols are more widely used in the modern architecture and monuments
in Kalmykia than in Buryatia or Mongolia. The reason is the exclusive history of the Kalmyks who live in the farthest part of the Mongolian world.
Key words: Buddhism, Buddhism in Kalmykia, Buryatia, Mongolia, Buddhist
symbols in constructing new nations
The Dialog of the Cultures
M.P. Bitkeev. Reflections on O. Rosenberg’s Comparative Parallels between Chittamatra and Fichte - 182
The article elaborates O. Rosenberg’s conception of typological similarity between
the Buddhist term “ālaya-vijñāna” and absolute “Self” in Fichte’s philosophical system.
Key words: comparative philosophy, Vijñānavāda, Fichte’s system, ālaya-vijñāna,
S.L. Burmistrov. Dharma and Science Fiction: Reception of Buddhism by Western Science Fiction at the Second Part of 1960s - 185
The topic of the article is the process of reception of Buddhist ideology in Western
mass culture represented with novels “The Lord of Light” of R. Zeliazny, F. Herbert’s “Dune” and “The left hand of darkness” of U. K. le Guin. This reception is a response
to the problems determined by the logic of evolution of Western culture, and among all
notions of Buddhism only those are received that helps solve these problems
so the reception is selective and the original Buddhist notions, being received, are profoundly
reconsidered to become a natural component of Western culture.
Key words: East and West, intercultural dialogue, Buddhism, Buddhist ideas
in western science fiction.
O.V. Dyakova. Stages of Spreading of Christianity in the Far East - 201
In the article the process of development of Christianity in the Far Eastern cultural
region is analyzed. Relying on the scriptural and archeological sources, the author distinguishes
four stages of the process, marking them as Sogdian, Uighur, Mongolian and
Key words: Christianity, history of Christianity in the Far East
A.S. Kolesnikov, Y.N. Strizhak. East, West and Russia in Geopolitical Essays by E.E. Ukhtomsky - 206
Views of E.E. Ukhtomsky (1861-1921) on the role of Russia in preventing
conflicts between the Eastern and Western civilizations are the main topic of the article.
Attention of the authors is focused on Ukhtomsky’s work “On the events in China.
Relation of the West to the East and Russia”, published in 1900, the subject of which
is typological features of Russia as the Eurasian power whose mission is to guarantee peace in Asia and Pacific region and make the decisive contribution to the development of dialogue between the Eastern and Western cultures.
Key words: intercultural dialogue, East-West-Russia, Eurasian cultural space
of Russia, E.E. Ukhtomsky
A.M. Strelkov. Sanskrit Inscription in the Architectural Decoration of the Cugol Buddhist Abbey - 221
The article is dedicated to phenomenon of the use of the Sanskrit inscriptions by the
lañja script in the architectural decoration of the Buddhist temples in the territory of
Central Asia. The author states his own analytical observations in connection with the Sanskrit inscription by the lañja script, which is placed on the relief in the wooden carved
shutter main temple of the Buddhist abbey in village Cugol (Zabaykaliskiy county
of Russian Federation). The relief was executed more than one hundred years ago. It is
shown that in this relief, whose composition contains the inscription lakṣmī and two
Chinese symbols of happiness and long life, synthesized Indian and Chinese symbolism
of the good wishes, and this symbolism has the Buddhist cosmological connotation.
The author notes three mistakes, discovered by him in the inscription, and speculates on the reason for the appearance of these mistakes which are often observed in the Sanskrit
inscriptions used in architectural decoration of the Buddhist temples in Central
Asia. The author presents his reconstruction of the Sanskrit inscription by
the lañja script from the Cugol datsan in which the three mistakes are corrected.
Key words: Buddhism, Buddhist arts of the Central Asia, decorative Sanskrit
inscriptions by the lañja script, decorative Sanskrit inscription from the Cugol datsan
From the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts RAS Orientalists Archives
M.M. Berezovsky. On Some Topics of Archeological Survey in Chinese Turkestan. Published with preface by M.I. Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya - 232
This article of the eminent investigator of Central Asia Mikhail Mikhaylovich
Berezovsky (1848-1912), which was not published till now, summarizes his experience
of archeological expeditions in the oases of Eastern (Chinese) Turkestan - Turfan
and Karashar, where he studied relics of the first millennium Buddhist civilization
during the period of 1902-1908. The manuscript of the article (autograph
by M.M. Berezovsky) is kept in the Archive of Orientalists of the Institute of Oriental
manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences. There are no marks in the manuscript
indicating the date of it and it can be reasonably concluded that it never was finished.
The article is of much interest for history of Oriental studies in several aspects. Firstly,
it shows safely level for antiquities in Turfan and Karashar till the beginning of the
expeditions of M.M. Berezovsky in this region and problems met by him owing to
geographical features of the territory. Secondly, in the article principles of archaeological
study in Eastern Turkestan are formulated. And thirdly, it characterizes activity
of M.M. Berezovsky as a geographer and archaeologist.
Key words: Buddhism, archaeology of Central Asia, Eastern Turkestan, Turfan,
Karashar, M.M. Berezovsky as archaeologist
Buddhist Written Heritage in Translation
Records of Master Rennyo’s Sayings. Translation from Japanese, commentary, preface by V.Y. Klimov - 244
Rennyo (1415-1499) is a figure of enormous influence. Rennyo transformed
a relatively small religious sect into a powerful religious organization. Before him the
church, Honganji, was only one among many branches of Shin Buddhism. Rennyo
emerges as a religious leader who deeply understood the anxieties of his age and stated
a response that met with overwhelming acceptance. His propagation created large
communities of Shin followers that came to play a prominent role in popular movement,
known as the “Ikko-ikki”.
“Rennyo shonin goichidai kikigaki” is a record of what was heard about the whole
life of Rennyo shonin. The record is compiled from stories of his life and recollections
of various disciples and relatives. Rennyo was idealized, and his image is an inspirational
portrait of charismatic religious leader. We can find a wealth of information concerning
religious leader himself, the age in which he lived and the history of late medieval
Japan. Memoirs are an essential source for any study of Rennyo’s life and thought and
also the Japanese history of XV century. “Kikigaki” contains 314 items (Nishi Honganji
version) or 316 items (Higashi Honganji version) or 249 items. The text for this
translation of Memoirs is “Rennyo shonin goichidai kikigaki” (314 articles), published
in highly appreciated series of written sources of Japanese thought “Nihon shiso taikei”, vol. 17.
Key words: “Rennnyo chonin goichidai kikigaki”, religious movement ikko-ikki,
Buddhist school “jodo shinshu”, Shinran, Rennyo, Buddhist temple Honganji
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