Review of Inoue’s Tun-Huang



Tun-Huang is more commonly known in English as Dunhuang and it is both a city on the old Silk Road trade network and the home of a cave system where, a millennium ago, a treasure trove of variously rare and unique Buddhist texts was secreted away, to be rediscovered only in the twentieth century. The texts themselves are of extraordinary historical interest, not least because so many of the no doubt even more copious amounts of literature have been lost because the impermanency of all physical things that is a central tenet of the Buddhist philosophy has led to fire and mischance destroying so many palm leaf and paper manuscripts.

Read the full review here.


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