Digital Resources for Buddhist Studies

Archive for August, 2009

manuscript markup workshop materials

Posted by marcus.bingenheimer on 2009/08/13

Christian Wittern and I are going to conduct a workshop in how to markup Buddhist manuscripts at the upcoming conference in Oslo on “Early Chán Manuscripts among the Dūnhuáng Findings“. I have put up some of the the handouts and materials for the Manuscript Markup Workshop here:

We will work with TEI and address how to transform the encoded texts via XSLT and XQuery. There are huge amounts of manuscript witnesses in all Buddhist languages waiting to be edited. Fun for years (generations?) to come.


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republican era buddhist journals

Posted by marcus.bingenheimer on 2009/08/12

search interfaceWe have opened the large bibliographic database of Buddhist republican era journals for outside testing. Please try it out and give us your feedback.

Currently the search-interface is hosted at

As usual this will be moved to a more stable environment on the buddhistinformatics domain later.

Currently you can search the title, author, and journal name fields for over 140,000 articles. This makes it by far the largest database in this era and opens up new vistas on research of those times.

At the suggestion of Douglas Gildow, who is visiting these days, I tried the term 肉身 and the query returned 20 articles, the titles of which alone mentioned several mummies we were not aware of, though we had worked and published on that subject quite extensively. I am convinced that this database will help to research Chinese Buddhism in the time between 1900 and 1950 in a substantial way.

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