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Abhidharma vijnana kaya pada Sastra (Discourse on Consciousness Body), the First Tripitaka Koreana Edition, Volume 13

UnknownGoryeo Dynasty, 12th century

Horim Museum

Horim Museum

Buddhist texts can be largely divided into three types: gyeong (scripture), yul (law), and non (annotation). The word sastra is used to indicate an “annotation”-type text, which is a commentary written to explain a Buddhist scripture or sutra. In particular, this Abhidharma vijnana kaya pada Sastra is a book that systematically describes the wisdom of Buddha for the attainment of Buddhahood. Published as the First Tripitaka Koreana Edition to overcome the invasion of Khitan with the help of Buddha during the reign of King Hyeonjong (r.1011-1031) of the Goryeo Dynasty, it was translated by Xuanzhuang of Tang China. This book was printed on 23 sheets of mulberry paper using woodblocks and was kept as a scroll, measuring 45.7 cm wide and 29 cm long. There are several differences between the First Tripitaka Koreana Edition and the Second Edition kept at Haeinsa Temple. While the carving of the woodblocks is elaborate, it is different from the Second Tripitaka Koreana Edition in terms of the number of characters; it also has pihwi (to abbreviate or replace with other letters out of respect for the name of the late king) or abbreviation without a record of the publication period. There is a difference in the indication of number of pages between the two editions as well. This book uses the Chinese character “丈 (jang)” or “幅 (pok)” to indicate the number of pages without a record of the publication period, whereas the second edition uses “張 (jang).” Its publication period is estimated to be the 12th century, judging from its printing state and the quality of paper.

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  • Title: Abhidharma vijnana kaya pada Sastra (Discourse on Consciousness Body), the First Tripitaka Koreana Edition, Volume 13
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: Goryeo Dynasty, 12th century
  • Provenance: Horim Museum
  • Type: Book

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