REVIEWS Jens Braarvig (ed.), Buddhist Manuscripts, Volume I by Mark Allon, Jens Braarvig, Torkel Brekke, Paul Harrison, Jens-Uwe Hartmann, Seishi Karashima, Kazunobu Matsuda, Richard Salomon, Lore Sander, Nicholas Sims-Williams, Klaus Wille. Manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection 1. Oslo: Hermes Publishing, 2000, pp. XXII, 302; XII plates on 40 pp. $95.–. ISBN 82-8034-001-7 There is no shortage of extant Indian Buddhist texts. One would be hard pressed to count, for example, the manuscripts already catalogued from Nepal, let alone the countless numbers that remain to be discovered there. But the vast majority of these texts are Mah ¯ ay ¯ ana s ¯ utras composed some fifteen or more centuries before their Nepalese copies and in a context in some ways very much unlike that of the Himalayan kingdom of the sixteenth to twentieth centuries. Thus scholars are justifiably excited when a new corpus of ancient manuscripts comes to light and is made available to the broader public. The Schøyen collection represents just such a corpus, and the excitement it has generated among Buddhist scholars is some- thing akin to the discovery of the Gilgit manuscripts in the early twentieth century. Jens Braarvig, his editorial committee, and his fellow
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