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Found this Tibetan manuscript in a little box...

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 11:47 pm
by zubie7a
This guy I know found this manuscript in a little box...

At first some people thought it was written in Sanskrit, others Bhutanese, but some web users have pointed out it is Tibetan, and then pointed me towards this forum.

Can anyone help us to translate what it says? Its been nearly a month and our curiosity increases every day!

Here are the pictures:
https://imgur.com/gallery/AJrd5

Have a nice morning/day/afternoon/night!

Re: Found this Tibetan manuscript in a little box...

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:47 am
by Fa Dao
It is definitely Tibetan...dont know what it says though..you might try reposting this in the Language section

Re: Found this Tibetan manuscript in a little box...

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 4:11 am
by zubie7a
Fa Dao wrote:It is definitely Tibetan...don't know what it says though..you might try reposting this in the Language section
Hehe it is indeed in the language section :smile:

Anyway its good to know that it is Tibetan, then I've come to the right place! Thanks

Re: Found this Tibetan manuscript in a little box...

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 4:52 am
by zubie7a
Update: Someone in Reddit has apparently identified it as part of the 'Golden Light Sutra'
https://www.reddit.com/r/Buddhism/comme ... le/cy9jeou
...but not sure of exactly which part, since apparently it has both Tibetan and also 'Tibetanized' Sanskrit.

Anyway this clue may help anyone willing to help with translating to figure out exactly what the manuscript says :smile:

Re: Found this Tibetan manuscript in a little box...

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 6:57 am
by Punya
Here's a link to both Tibetan and English versions of the Golden Light Sutra http://fpmt.org/education/teachings/sut ... /download/ Since the poster on reddit has checked with their teacher the information likely to be accurate.

Re: Found this Tibetan manuscript in a little box...

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 9:58 am
by Punya
BTW, the box looks like a gau. Here's one description of a gau's purpose http://www.garudashop.com/Tibetan_Jewellery_s/91.htm

Knowing this gives you some context to the text inside.

Re: Found this Tibetan manuscript in a little box...

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:02 am
by Paul
This is really cool. Try posting it on Vajracakra as well.

Re: Found this Tibetan manuscript in a little box...

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:07 am
by tingdzin
It starts with an homage to the Buddha Sacred Golden Light; whether this implies Golden Light Sutra I don't know. Most of the text is dharani/ mantra aimed at repelling humans, non-humans, gyalpo demons, etc. Something that would indeed logically be worn in a gau.

Of course, by opening it, your friend released a plague of evil spirits on the world.

Just kidding; no one would notice one more plague anyway.

Re: Found this Tibetan manuscript in a little box...

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 11:34 am
by ratna
This is a page from a dhāraṇī called The Sound of the Drum of the Golden Light (gser 'od rnga sgra) from the Collection of Dhāraṇīs (gzungs 'dus). As others have indicated, it is found also in the Golden Light Sutra.

R

Re: Found this Tibetan manuscript in a little box...

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 7:37 pm
by Punya
I would assume that the great power to protect the wearer from all manner of obstacles would only apply to the person who had the gau and its contents blessed by their lama because the faith of the wearer and their connection to the teacher is critical.

However, the recitation of the dharani by the new owner would seem to be ok given it is derived from a sutra.