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Zorin A. Tibetan Buddhist Texts Acquired by the Russian Academy of Sciences during the 18th Century // Journal of the International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies. Vol. XIX. Tokyo: ICPBS, 2015. P. 184—142.


Two years ago, the legendary collection of Tibetan book leaves brought to St. Petersburg from deserted Buddhist monasteries in South Siberia in the first third of the 18th century was refound at the Institute of OrientalManuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The present paper offers a new look at the history of their acquisition based upon carefulexamination of archivaldocuments and personalwitnesses from the 18th century. Thus, I argue that the first Tibetan texts were brought to St. Petersburg from the so-called Sem Palat monastery in ca. 1718 before the large library at Ablaikit monastery was found in 1721 and its 6 leaves were delivered to Peter the Great and then were brought to London and Paris. In 1734, about 1,500 leaves from Ablaikit were sent by G. Müller and J. Gmelin to the ImperialAcademy of Sciences, the major part of them being in Mongolian. Their consequent “life” in the library of the Academy of Sciences and then the Asiatic Museum, now the IOM RAS, is outlined, too...

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Ablaikit
Sem Palat
Tibetan manuscripts

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