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Tree of Wisdom (She Rab Dong Bu) (Tibetan text included)
Tree of Wisdom

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The She rab dong bu ཤེས་རབ་སྡོང་བུ།( Tree of Wisdom ) is a metrical translation in Tibetan of a sanscript ethical work entitled prajnya Danda, written by Nagarjuna who flourished in the fourth century of the Buddhist era ( about 100 B.C.) The version was made about the 11th century but the exact date is not known. It is included in the Ten Gyur section volume beginning at leaf 165. The Tibetan describes it as the second volume but I cannot say whether the remainder of the work has been preserved in Tibetan - the sanskrit original is apparently lost.

When this work was selected as one of the textbooks for the higher Proficiency examination in Tibetan, the text was ed by the late Rai Sarat Das and printed in continous lines as is done is Tibet. This adds to the difficulties of the student as there is nothing to show where one verse ends and the next one begins. No english translation was prepared at that time, and the present attempt has been made with the object of assisting future students of Tibetan.

The Poem is known by name to the educated classes in Tibet but few laymen appear to have read it and fewer still to understand the many Obscure passages, In the course of two years spent in Tibet I sought the assistance of monks and laymen in and around Gyantse but only succeeded in finding one elderly scholar who had read the poem. The abduct of the Palkor Monastery was good enough to make enquiries at Trashi Lhunpo regarding the possible existence of as commentary on this work.
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