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Song gaoseng zhuan project interface online

Posted by marcus.bingenheimer on 2011/08/11

The project A Critical Digital Edition of the Song gaoseng zhuan 宋高僧傳 funded by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange 蔣經國國際學術交流基金會 (RG001-D-09) has a new interface available:

The project aims to create a best edition of the text with annotations and an interface that allows for geo-spatial and social-network visualizations. The interface is still under development and the social-network part is not yet realized.


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Song gaoseng zhuan completed

Posted by marcus.bingenheimer on 2010/05/12

This post is several weeks late. The markup of the Song gaoseng zhuan was completed in March and the data is available:

A) via the GIS interface at

B) as zip-archive containing tei/xml source, rnc schema, readme file at

With this addition the four major collections are complete. Together they contain more than 1300 biographies.

With this we have a strong basis for a “Corpus of Chinese Buddhist Biographies”. Currently, we are expanding the corpus by adding the Biqiuni zhuan 比丘尼傳 (T. 2063, dated 516)), and the two 18th century collections compiled by Peng Shaosheng 彭紹升 (1740-1796):  Jushi zhuan 居士傳 (CBETA/X. No. 1646) and Shan nüren zhuan 善女人傳 (CBETA/X. No. 1657). We will also input the 30+ biographies of translators in the Chusanzang jiji.

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ming gaoseng zhuan source online

Posted by marcus.bingenheimer on 2009/09/28

The source code for the Ming gaoseng zhuan collection can now be downloaded here:

These are the source files from which the views in the interface are generated. They are made available under a CC (Attribution-Share Alike) 3.0 license.

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tripitaka koreana knowlegdebase in english!

Posted by marcus.bingenheimer on 2009/09/13

This is good news for those of us who cannot read Korean. The team around Oh Yun-hee at the Tripitaka Koreana Research Institute, Seoul has recently internationalized its website. At:

one can look up images of the original Tripitaka Koreana woodblocks, as well as search the TK edition in various ways.

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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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gao seng zhuan

Posted by marcus.bingenheimer on 2009/06/22

The datasets for the Liang Gaoseng Zhuan and the Tang Gaoseng Zhuan are now available for download. The data is in TEI/XML format and published under a CC (Attribution Share-Alike) License.

Please visit the Gaoseng Zhuan website for download.

The data for the Ming Gaoseng Zhuan will follow soon (by the end of 2009).

The Song Gaoseng Zhuan files will take somewhat longer (summer 2010 at the earliest).

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Yogācārabhūmi database

Posted by marcus.bingenheimer on 2009/06/13

Dan Lusthaus has noted that the old website for the Yogācārabhūmi database is still up. We are working on getting it closed down.

Those of you interested in Yogācāra, please update your bookmarks to:

This is the newest (Firefox compatible) incarnation of this digital edition, which links various versions of the text in Chinese, Tibetan and Sanskrit with their commentaries.

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