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4 yogacara sutras

Dear colleagues,

I think commonly it is held that Samdhinirmocana, Lankavatara, Ghanavyuha and Avatamsaka form a group of four sutras of yogacara. In one Tibetan source (bKa’ brgyud pa) I find in the place of the Samdhinormocana a text called “gTan la dbab pa”. Has anyone an idea what that could be?


Jan-Ulrich Sobisch
(University of Copenhagen)

BOOK REVIEW> Penwell on Maxey, 'The "Greatest Problem": Religion and State Formation in Meiji Japan'

Trent Maxey. The "Greatest Problem": Religion and State Formation in Meiji Japan. Harvard University Asia Center, 2014. . ISBN 978-0-674-49199-1.

Reviewed by Cameron Penwell (University of Chicago)
Published on H-Shukyo (May, 2015)
Commissioned by Jessica Starling

The Politics of Religion in Meiji Japan

NEW EDITION> Life Along the Silk Road by Susan Whitfield

Whitfield, Susan. Life Along the Silk Road. UC Press: Berkeley. 2015. ISBN: 9780520280595

In this long-awaited second edition, Susan Whitfield broadens her exploration of the Silk Road and expands her rich and varied portrait of life along the great pre-modern trade routes of Eurasia. This new edition is comprehensively updated to support further understanding of themes relevant to global and comparative history and remains the only history of the Silk Road to reconstruct the route through the personal experiences of travelers.