R. B. T. R. Department

Introduction

The Rare Buddhist Texts Department (hereafter RBTRD) is mainly devoted to bringing out critical editions of hitherto unpublished Buddhist Tantric Texts on the basis of Sanskrit manuscripts written in ancient scripts such as Newari (with is variety such as Bhujimol, Pachumol etc.), Ranjana, Kutila, Vartula, Magadhi, ancient Devanagari, ancient Bangla, Maithili and so on. While critically editing the Sanskrit texts, the manuscripts are collated and the Sanskrit texts are carefully compared with and supplemented by the critical editions of their classical Tibetan translation available in as many as four versions of Kagyur and Tangyur. The founder and the first Director of this Department was the late Prof Jagannath Upadhyaya, doyen of Buddhist Studies. Beside, this Department publishes a research journal entitled Dhih devoted to Buddhist Tantric Studies. So far 51 volumes of this journal have been published. The RBTRD regularly conducts surveys of Sanskrit manuscripts and procures copies of the same for the purpose of editing the texts. The RBTRD perhaps possesses a richest collection of copies of manuscripts of Buddhist Tantric Texts, procured from Kathmandu (Nepal), Kolkata, Baroda and other places in India as well as other countries. The RBTRD also organises seminars and workshop for a meaningful interaction with scholars in the field.

Former Heads of RBTRD

  1. Prof. Jagnnath Upadhyaya (Director, 1st November 1985 to 15th Sept. 1986)
  2. Prof. Vrajvallabh Dwivedi (Deputy Director, 16th Sept.1986-7th July 1993)
  3. Prof. S. S. Bahulkar (Director, 8th July 1993 to 7th July 1995)
  4. Pt. Janardan Shastri Pandey : (Officiating, 8th July 1995 to 17th November, 2005)
  5. Prof. S. S. Bahulkar (Chief Editor, 20th February 2006 to 19th February 2009)

Academic Staff of the RBTRD

  1. Prof. K. N. Mishra, HOD:
  2. Dr. Thakur Sain Negi :
    Associate Professor. Acharya (M.A.), Buddhist Philosophy. Vidyavaridhi (Ph.D.) in Buddhist Philosophy. Field of specialization : Buddhist Tantra. Knowledge of Sanskrit, Tibetan and various ancient scripts including Newari script. Co-editor of Rare Buddhist Tantric Texts. Author of independent research works and many articles related to the subject.
  3. Dr. Banarsi Lal :
    Associate Professor. Acharya (M.A.), Buddhist Philosophy. Vidyavaridhi (Ph.D.) in Buddhist Philosophy. Field of specialization : Buddhist Tantra. Knowledge of Sanskrit, Tibetan and various ancient scripts including the Newari, Kutila, Bangla and Maithili scripts. Co-editor of Rare Buddhist Tantric Texts and Journal Dhih. Author of independent research books and more than 100 articles related to the subject. Interest in Himalayan studies.
  4. Shri Thinlay Ram Shashni :
    Research Assistant. Acharya (M.A.), Buddhist Philosophy. U.G.C. (NET) in Buddhist Studies. Field of specialization : Buddhist Tantra. Knowledge of Sanskrit, Tibetan and various ancient scripts, including the Newari scripts. Co-Editor of Rare Buddhist Tantric Texts and Editor & compiler of 4 books. Published several articles on Buddhist Tantra and Himalayan culture.
  5. Dr. Tsering Dolkar :
    Research Assistant, Acharya (M.A.), Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy. Vidyavaridhi (Ph.D.) in Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy. Field of specialization : Buddhist Tantra. Knowledge of Sanskrit, Tibetan Language & scripts. Co-editor of Rare Buddhist Tantric Texts. Author of independent research book and several research articles on Buddhist tantra.
  6. Dr. Ranjan Kumar Sharma :
    Research Assistant, Acharya (M.A.), Buddhist Philosophy. Ph.D. in Jain-Buddhist Philosophy. Field of specialization: Buddhist Tantra. Knowledge of Sanskrit and different kinds of ancient scripts. Co-editor of Rare Buddhist Tantric Texts. Author of independent research book and several articles.
  7. Dr.Vijaya Raj Vajracharya :
    Research Assistant, Acharya (M.A.), Buddhist Philosophy. Vidyavaridhi (Ph.D.) in Buddhist Philosophy. Field of specialization : Buddhist Tantra. Knowledge of Sanskrit, different kinds of ancient Newari scripts. Co-editor of Rare Buddhist Tantric Texts. Profound knowledge of Newari Buddhist tantric tradition and culture. Author of independent research book and published several articles.

On-going project

The Work of editing and publishing Buddhist Sanskrit Tantric texts began even before the formal inception of the RBTRD. Prof. Jagannath Upadhyaya, the founder and the first Project Director of RBTRD (formerly called "Rare Buddhist Texts Research Project") undertook a special research project of critically editing, for the first time, the Vimalaprabha the encyclopedic commentary on the celebrated "Kalachakra Tantra". The first volume of the text edited by him, was published and released in December, 1985, at the hands of H.H. the Dalai Lama, on the auspicious occasion of the Kalachakra Initiation Ceremony held at Bodh Gaya. After the sad and sudden demise of Prof. Upadhyaya, the remaining text was edited and published in two more volumes by RBTRD. The first volume, included separately in the list of publications of the University (Bibliotheca Indo-Tibetica Series No. XI), has been out of print for quite a long time. A new revised critical edition of the entire text, along with a critical edition of its Tibetan translation is underway. The RBTRD has so far critically edited and published a number of Buddhist Tantric texts in the original Sanskrit, with their Tibetan translations in a short span of time, under the Rare Buddhist Texts Research Series.

(A) Major Texts

  1. Jnanodayatantram (Skt.) 1988
  2. Vasantatilaka with Rahasyadipika Commentary (Skt. and Tib.), 1999
  3. Dakinijalasamvararahasya (Skt.),1990
  4. Krishnayamaritantra with Ratnavali Commentary (Skt. and Tib.), 1992
  5. Mahamayatantra with Gunavati Commentary(Skt. and Tib.), 1992
  6. Abhisamayamanjari of Shubhakaragupta (Skt. and Tib.), 1993
  7. Vimalaprabha Commentary on the Kalacakra Tantra, Vol. II (Skt.), 1994
  8. Vimalaprabha Commentary on the Kalacakra Tantra, Vol. III (Skt.),1994
  9. Adhyatmasarashataka with Commentary (Sanskrit), 1997
  10. Siddhaikaviramahatantra (Skt. and Tib.), 1998
  11. Yoginisancaratantra with Commentaries (Skt. and Tib.),1998
  12. Caryamelapakapradipa by Aryadeva (Skt.and Tib.) , 2000
  13. Tattvajnanasamsiddhi with Marmakalika Commentary (Skt. and Tib.) , 2000
  14. Kurukullakalpa (Skt. and Tib.) , 2001
  15. Shricakrasamvaratantra with Bhavabhatta's Commentary (Skt. and Tib.), Vols. I & II, 2002
  16. Guhyasamajamandalavidhi (Skt. and Tib.) , 2009

(B) Minor Text

  • Guhyadi-ashtasiddhi Sangraha (Skt. and Tib.), 1988
    This includes the following 8 minor texts:
    1. Guhyasiddhi of Padmavajra
    2. Prajnopayavinishcayasiddhi of Anangavajra
    3. Jnanasiddhi of Indrabhuti
    4. Advayasiddhi of Laksminkara
    5. Vyaktabhavanugatatattvasiddhi of Yoginicinta
    6. Sahajasiddhi of Dombiheruka
    7. Acintyadvayakramopadesha of Kuddalapada
    8. Advyavivaranaprajnopayavinishcayasiddhi of Padmavajra
  • Bauddha Laghugrantha Sangraha, (Skt. and Tib.), 1997
    This includes the following 11 minor texts:
    1. Ashtasahasrikaprajnaparamitapindartha (navashloki) with Commentary (Skt. and Tib.)
    2. Kriyasangrahakarika (Skt. and Tib.)
    3. Gurupancashika of Ashvaghosha (Skt. and Tib.)
    4. Guhyavajravilasinisadhana of Shabarapada
    5. Guhyavali of Daudipada
    6. Tattvaratnavaloka with Commentary by Vagishvarakirti (Skt. and Tib.)
    7. Nanasiddhopadesha
    8. Pancakara
    9. Pancakarabhisambodhi
    10. Yogavatara of Nagarjuna (Skt. and Tib.)
    11. Svadhishthanaprabheda of Aryadeva (Skt. and Tib.)
  • The following texts have been published in various issues of Dhih
    1. Amanasikarakrama — Dhih 10,1990
    2. Cakrasamvaramandalapujavidhi- Dhih 24, 1997
    3. Kalacakrabhagavatsadhana — Dhih 24, 1997
    4. Kalacakrapujavidhi — Dhih 25, 1998
    5. Dakinijalacakravartishrisamvararahasya-nama-sadhana — Dhih 26,1998
    6. Sekoddesha - Dhih 28,1999
    7. Aryamahapratisaravidyarajni —Dhih 28,1999
    8. Herukadyavajravarahiparamarahasya — Dhih 27,1999
    9. Dohakoshatika — Dhih 32, 2001
    10. Aryasarvatathagatoshnishasitatapatra-nama-aparajita-pratyangira-mahavidya¬rajni — Dhih 33, 2002
    11. Nityakarmapujavidhi — Dhih 34, 2002
    12. Mandalasadhanavidhi — Dhih 34, 2002
    13. Samyaksambuddhabhashita-pratimalakshana —Dhih 35, 2003
    14. Atreyatilakam — Dhih 35, 2003
    15. Hevajrasadhanopayika — Dhih 36,2003
    16. Cakrasamvarasamadhi — Dhih 36, 2003
    17. Herukabhyudayamahayoginitantrasya Katipayaksharapanjika — Dhih 37,2004
    18. Arya-amoghapashahridaya — Dhih 38, 2005
    19. Shricakrasamvarapancakrama Ghantapadasya — Dhih 39, 2005
    20. Aryagrahamatrka-nama-dharani —Dhih 39, 2005
    21. Sriguhyasamajamandalavidhi — Dhih 42, 2006
    22. Aryamarici-nama-dharani — Dhih 42, 2006
    23. Shrivajrabhairavamahayogatantra (Patalas I-III) — Dhih 43, 2007
    24. Shribuddhakapalamahatantra — Dhih 43, 2007
    25. Vasudharadharanisutra — Dhih 44, 2007
    26. Cakrasamvaraherukabhisamaya — Dhih 45, 2008
    27. Guhyavali with Vivriti — Dhih 46, 2008
    28. Shucikaranam — Dhih 46, 2008
    29. Ratnagunasamcayagathavyakhya (in serials), — Dhih 47-51, 2009-11
    30. Bhavanayogavatara — Dhih 48, 2009
    31. Guhyasamajapradipodyotanatika (in serials), — Dhih 48-50, 2009-10
    32. Hevajrasadhanopiyika, — Dhih 49, 2010

(C) Dictionaries, Glossaries, etc.

  1. Sampadana Ke Siddhanta aur Upadana (Proceedings of Seminar), 1990
  2. Lupta Bauddha Vacana Sangraha, Vol. I, 1990
  3. Bauddha Tantra Kosha, Vol. I, 1990
  4. Durlabha Granth Paricaya, Part I, 1990
  5. Durlabha Granthon Ki Adhara Samagri, Vol. I, 1990
  6. Bharatiya Tantra Shastra (Proceedings of Seminar), 1992
  7. Baudha Tantra Kosha, Vol. II, 1997
  8. Durlabha Grantha Paricaya, Part II, 1997
  9. Durlabha Granthon ki Adhara Samagri, Vol. II. 1997
  10. Lupta Baudha Vacana Sangraha, Vol. II, 2001
  11. Durlabha Granthon ki Adhara Samagri, Vol. III, 1997
  12. Buddhist Tantric Literature, Vol. I, 2005
  13. Baudha Tantra Kosha, Vol. III, 2007
  14. Durlabha Granthon ki Adhara Samagri Vol. IV, 2010

(D) Research Journal: Dhih

The publication of a bi-annual journal "Dhih" had been undertaken with a view to providing significant information on sources of Buddhist Tantric Studies and latest research findings on Buddhist Tantra. Accordingly, the publication of this journal has become a regular activity and has continued since its inception. So far 51 volumes of this journal have been published.

Work in Progress

  1. Samputa Tantra (Skt. and Tib.)
  2. Kalacakravatara of Abhayakaragupta (Skt. and Tib.)
  3. Guhyasamajatantra-pradipodyotana-tika (Skt. and Tib.)
  4. Vimalaprabhatika on the Kalacakratantra (Revised Edition. Skt. and Tib.)
  5. Ratnagunasamcayagathavyakhya
  6. Hindi Translation of Fundamentals of Buddhist Tantric System by Buston Rinpoche
  7. Pancavimshati-amanasikara-dharma-sangraha of Advayavajra (Revised edition)