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1. Preface
2. Abbreviations
3. Bibliography
4. Secondary source(s)
5. Credits


The Bhaiṣajyaguruvaiḍūryaprabhasya pūrvapraṇidhānaviśeṣavistarasūtra (BhG) is a popular text in East Asian Buddhism, which enumerates the previous vows of the Bhaiṣajyaguru Buddha and the practices revolving around this figure. Three Sanskrit mss. in the Gilgit cache and two mss. in the Schøyen Collection are extant to us. Schopen (1978) provides an annotated version of the Gilgit mss, a transliteration of the Tibetan Kanjur text, and an English translation with detailed discussion of the content. The sectioning of the text follows Schopen (1978).


Abbreviations for the whole library.


Jinamitra, Śīlendrabodhi, Ye śes sde (9th century) 'Phags pa bcom ldan 'das sman gyi bla bai ḍūrya'i 'od kyi sṅon gyi smon lam gyi khyad par rgyas pa zhes bya ba theg pa chen po'i mdo (D 504), in Tg, vol. 87, rgyud, da 274a1-283b7.

Dharmagupta 笈多 & Huiju 慧矩 (616) Foshuo yaoshi rulai benyuan jing 佛說藥師如來本願經  (the preface is translated into English in Birnbaum 1989: 149–150)

Xuánzàng 玄奘 (650), Yaoshiliuliguang rulai benyuan gongde jing 藥師琉璃光如來本願功德經. (English translation in Birnbaum 1989: 151–172)

Secondary source(s):

Schopen, Gregory (1978), The Bhaisajyaguru-Sutra and the Buddhism of Gilgit, Doctoral Thesis, Australian National Universit.

Birnbaum, Raoul (1989). The healing Buddha. Boston, Mass, Shambhala.


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