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This booklet is the 1st assortment and translation in English of Rolf Stein's groundbreaking sequence of articles on Tibetan background, Tibetica antiqua. Drawing at the earliest to be had assets, Stein discusses the Tibetan transition to Buddhism, a transitio

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26 27 The paragraph breaks are mine; they are arbitrary. See below, Vocabulary 3, № 1. a. 1 (fol. 1 : yong, ‘jig rten pa’i ngan tshul ni . 14, yong ni = qie fu 且夫). The Dialogue of the Two Brothers (see note) furnishes a great number of variants. It is always at the beginning of a response of the senior that is placed this word “now thus” or “in a general manner” (like Chin. fan 凡). Sometimes there is yong ni, following yongs ni; sometimes there is yong yang and sometimes ye ni, either at the beginning of an enunciation, or after phu na re (“elder brother says”), followed now and then by the citation of a maxim from the ancients, gtam rnying pa dag las.

Uray (Acta Orientalia Hungaricae 8, no. 3) and de Jong (“compte rendu de N. Simonsson, Indo-Tibetische Studien,” 216–19). Yamaguchi reprised the discussion concerning the two works. According to him, one should not speak of an edict, nor of a “new translation” (skad gsar), but of a “ultimate decision” (definitive establishment: sar bcad = tshar bcad) of vocabulary (cf. n. 12). I will continue here, however, to call the decision an edict since the king approved it, and the translations “new” since tradition designates them thus.

We find such an example in the ms. PT 1060 (1. 18, 39) which is characterized by religious themes and an “archaic” vocabulary. For each type of horse one ought “to say” (smos) and “to recite” (blag) its family. The same form is employed in the Rāmāyaṇa (Balbir, 1. 211, yi ge blags na; 1. 229, phrin yig blags pa, but 1. ) na; de Jong, § XXIII A, 1. 278, plags na). 2. The vocabulary. It is time to present here a list of words in order to compare the two vocabularies. 28 The words of the Ind. voc.

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