Bashey with supplement : A Critical Edition of the Tibetan Text and an Annotated Translation (4)
AbstractThis paper presents part of an annotated translation of the Bashey with supplement (sba bzhed zhabs btags ma. hereafter Bashey), a Tibetan chronicle of events surrounding the reign of King Trisong Deutsen (khri srong lde’u btsan. r. 755-797/804), reputedly as recorded by Ba Salnang (dba'/sba gsal snang), one of the king’s ministers. The reign of King Trisong Deutsen is marked by the emergence of a unified Tibet as a major political and military force in Asia. During his time, the Tibetan Empire was at its peak and its armies invaded China and several Central Asian countries. King Trisong Deutsen also expelled the Chinese monks and banished the Chinese Chán school of Buddhism from Tibet and adopted the Indian system. It was also during his time that Samyé, the first monastery in Tibet, was founded by Padmasambhava, who also established the supremacy of Buddhism and converted the indigenous deities into guardians of the Dharma. I consider the study of the Bashey very important in studying the religious history of ancient Tibet because it contains various narratives of the religious and cultural exchange of the ancient Tibetan court with surrounding countries. The research that has been conducted on the text so far is, however, preliminary and still fragmentary, and the text has not yet been translated into other languages in full. In view of this situation, the aim of this study is to set the stage for future comprehensive study of the Bashey by attempting its textual criticism and English translation in full.
TypeDepartmental Bulletin Paper
東京大学宗教学年報. XXX, 2013.3.31, pp. 193-210