Soka Gakkai Publishes the Tenth in its Series of Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts
Recently, the Soka Gakkai published Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from Cambridge University Library (Add. 1684), Romanized Text. This constitutes the tenth in a series of facsimiles and romanized texts of Lotus Sutra (Skt Saddharma-pundarika-sutra) manuscripts published by the Soka Gakkai. The project is supervised by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), Tokyo, in cooperation with various academic institutions and leading experts.
To date, 12 publications comprising the Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Series have been produced. The first, Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Fragments from the Lushun Museum Collection, Facsimile Edition and Romanized Text, was published in 1997. Subsequent publications include Fragments of a Manuscript of the Saddharmapundarikasutra from Khadaliq (2000) and Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (No. 6), Romanized Text (2007). The ninth in the series, Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Manuscript from the British Library (Or. 2204), Facsimile Edition, was published in 2009.
The recently published tenth in the series contains an original Sanskrit Lotus Sutra text found in Nepal dating back to 1064 or 1065 CE. This text was one of the sources used in the compilation of the influential Kern-Nanjio edition of the Lotus Sutra from 1908-12, and it is thus a key source for research into the Lotus Sutra.
[Adapted from an article in the April 7, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]