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1. References
2. Abbreviations
3. Bibliography
4. Credits


References for Sanskrit are to manuscript references in Roy (1971). The references in square brackets in the text are to paragraphs in Rajapatirana (1974). The Tibetan references are to Kg ’dul ba, vol. su (translation by Dharmaśrībhadra and Rin chen bzaṅ po). The English references are to paragraph numbering in Rajapatirana (1974).


Abbreviations for the whole library.


Dharmaśrībhadra and Rin chen bzaṅ po, "gSer mdog gi rtogs pa brjod pa" (Tibetan translation of Suv), in Kg, ’dul ba, vol. su, 172b7-227b2.

Rajapatirana, Tissa (1974), Suvarṇavarṇāvadāna, translated and edited together with its Tibetan translation and the Lakṣacaityasamutpatti, A thesis submitted for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Australian National University, Canberra. pdf part 1, pdf part 2.

Roy, Sitaram (1971), Suvarṇavarṇāvadāna [Decipherment and historical study of a palm-leaf Sanskrit manuscripts-an unknown Mahāyāna(avadāna) text from Tibet.], Historical Research Series, vol. VII, K.P. Jayaswal Research Institute, Patna.

Input by Jens Braarvig, Oslo 2010.
We would like to thank Tissa Rajapatirana for generously allowing for work related to his Doctoral Thesis to be reproduced here.

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