BEIJING, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Tibetan Tripitaka, a massive
collection of 232 volumes of classic Buddhist scripture, has been published here
in Tibetan characters after more than 20 years of collation by experts.
With the aim to protect and promote the ancient culture, the project
launched in 1986 with a government investment of 41 million yuan (6 million U.S.
dollars), Zhou Hua, head of the Chinese Tibetology Press, the publisher, said on
He said Tibetan Tripitaka was universally recognized as an encyclopedic
scripture and composed of two parts -- Gangyur and Dangyur.
Gangyur referred to a collection of teachings of Sakyamuni, the founder of
Buddhism, and recorded by his disciples after his death. It was translated into
the Tibetan language from Sanskrit language of ancient India, starting from the
Dangyur is a collection of annotations and papers on Gangyur by Indian and
Tibetan Buddhist masters, scholars and translators. It covers philosophy, logic,
literature, linguistics, arts, astronomy, medicine, architecture and the
Zhou expected the scripture's publishing to help further promote the
protection and academic research of Tibetan Buddhism and culture.
A digital version of the Tripitaka is also in preparation, he said.