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Brian Houghton Hodgson (1801-1894) was a British diplomat who worked in Nepal between 1820 and 1844. Hodgson was a naturalist and ethnologist and he also played an important role in the process by which Europeans came to understand the Indian background of the Buddhist faith. Hodgson made a large collection of Buddhist Sanskrit manuscripts, and in 1835-36 he donated 79 of them to the Royal Asiatic Society. Hodgson’s collection includes several manuscripts on palm leaf.



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Palm leaf; 5 lines on each page. Cowell and Eggeling note that the manuscript is old and that the shape of the numerals and some letters is very unusual. Text begins: sugatānsamutansadharmakāyān praṇipatyādarato ‘khilāṃśca vaṃdyān | sugatātmajasaṃvarāvatāraṃ kathayiṣyāmi yathāgamaṃ samāsāt || na hi kiṃcidapūrvamatra vācyaṃ na ca saṃgraṃthanakośalaṃ mamāsti | ata eva na me parārthacintā svamano bhāvayituṃ kṛtaṃ mayedaṃ 1: bodhicaryāvatāre...
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Palm leaf; 5 lines on each page. Text arranged in 11 kalpas, each of 4 prakaraṇas. Manuscript is described as old by Cowell and Eggeling. Text begins: evammayā śrutamekasminsamaye bhagavānsarvatathāgatakāyavākcittavajrayoṣidbhageṣu vijahāra - The chapters end: iti abhidhānābhideyabodhicittātpādādibhāvanātatvaprakaraṇaḥ prathamaḥ || f.4v; - bodhicittāvatārannāma dvitīyaṃ prakaraṇaṃ || f.7v; - tatvoddeśaprakaraṇantṛtīyaṃ || f.9r. 1. iti...
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Palm leaf; 6 lines on each page. A treatise, in ślokas, on various subjects connected with cookery and eating. Text begins: kleśādyairaparāmṛṣṭamaṣṭamūrttiṃ jagatpatiṃ | vibhumavyayamīśānaṃ praṇamya śaśibhūṣaṇaṃ || rasavīryavipākādyaiḥ siddhiḥ sadvaidyapūjitaḥ | bhāvasvabhāvavādo ‘yamārṣaḥ saṃhriyate mayā || (iti) dravyaguṇādhyāyaḥ f.5r; lavaṇavargaḥ f.6v; madhuravargaḥ f.7r; dugdhavargaḥ f.7v; ghṛtavargaḥ f.9r;...
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Paper; 6 lines on each page. Text begins: buddhaṃ praṇamya sarvajṇaṃ dharmaṃ saṃdhaṃ guṇākaraṃ | karuṇāpuṇḍarīkākhyaṃ pravakṣye bodhisūtrakaṃ || evaṃ mayā śrutamekasminsamaye bhagavān rājagṛhe viharati sma | gṛddhakuṭe parvate mahatābhijṇasaṃghena sārdhaṃ dvādaśabhirbhikṣuśataiḥ sarvairarhadbhiḥ - 1. iti karuṇāpuṇḍarīkamahāyānāsūtre dharmacakrapravartano nāma prathamaḥ parivartaḥ || f.7v; 2. iti- sūtre dvitīyo...
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Paper; 8 lines on each page. Cowell and Eggeling describe the manuscript as "oldish", and also as "much worm-eaten". Text begins: gurubuddhaṃ gurudharmaṃ gurusaṃghaṃ tathaiva ca | guruvajradharaṃ caiva guruṃ sarvaṃ namāmyahaṃ || Text ends: iti tantraślokasaṃgraha samāpta || kṛtiriyaṃ vajragurujinaharkhena saṃgraha iti || Manuscript acquired by Hodgson in Nepal. See p. 40 in Cowell, E. B. and Eggeling, J. 'Catalogue of Buddhist Sanskrit manuscripts...
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Palm leaf; 7 or 8 lines on each folio. Cowell and Eggeling describe this manuscript as "old". In 25 paṭalas. Text begins: Evaṃ mayā śrutamekasminsamaye bhagavān vajrasatvaḥ - ityekallavīrākhye śrīcaṇḍamahāroṣaṇatantre tantrāvatāraṇapaṭalaḥ prathamaḥ - f.2r. It ends: ityekallavīraṃ nāma caṇḍamahāroṣaṇatantraṃ samāptaṃ || Manuscript acquired by Hodgson in Nepal. See p. 37 in Cowell, E. B. and Eggeling, J. 'Catalogue of Buddhist Sanskrit...
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Paper; 5 lines on each page. According to Cowell and Eggeling, writing is "modern", i.e. 19th century. MS begins: vālārkkālokatābhrapravarasuraśiraścārucūḍāmaṇiśrīḥ saṃpatsaṃparkkārāgānaticiraracitāraktakavyabhaktī | - Text ends: iti śrīsarvajñamitraviracitaṃ āryatārābhaṭṭārikāyā sragdharāstotraṃ pūrṇaṃ || Manuscript acquired by Hodgson in Nepal. See p. 23 in Cowell, E. B. and Eggeling, J. 'Catalogue of Buddhist Sanskrit manuscripts in...
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Paper; 7 lines on each page. In 30 paṭalas. Text begins: evanmayā śrutamekasminsamaye bhagavāndevīnāṃ bhageṣu yathā vijahārediti (!) | - 1. iti śrīmahākālatantre vārjitasvārthagamanapaṭalaḥ prathamaḥ - f.3v; 2. - kuṇḍābhinayapaṭalavyākhyāne dvitīya | f.4r; 3. - mantrapaṭalaḥ - f.6v; 4. - vajrābhiṣekapaṭalaḥ - f.7r; 5. - tantrarāji devatābhiṣekapaṭalaḥ - f.7v; 6. - paricaryāpaṭala - f.8v; 7. devatotthānaḥ - f.15r; 8....
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Paper; 5 lines on each page. Cowell and Eggeling describe the writing as "modern", i.e. 19th century. Text begins: evaṃ mayā śrutamekasminsamaye bhagavānsarvadevottamanandanavane viharati sma | - ādiyogo nāma samādiḥ f.24r (f.13 in RAS Hodgson MS 51); maṇḍalarājāgrī nāma samādhiḥ f.29 (f.19v ibid.); karmarājāgrī - f.32v; Text ends: sarvadurgatipariśodhane tejorājasya tathāgatasyārhataḥ samyasaṃbuddhasya kalpaikadaśaḥ samāptaṃiti || Manuscript...
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Palm leaf. Six lines on each folio. Text begins: gaṇḍavyūhamahārṇavastotra ninādibhojinasutānāṃ | parṣanmaṇḍalasāgaranāmnā vyūhādikam proktiṃ || sugatasamādhyavataraṇā acintyabuddhanidarśanaṃ caiva | Eight introductory slokas, after which: evaṃ mayā śrutam ekasminsamaye - The work consists of many sections, the last of which ends with an enumeration of the 52 kalyāṇamitras: tadyathā mañjuśribodhisatvaḥ prathamaṃ kalyāṇamitraṃ -...
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Paper; 5 lines on each page. MS begins: bhāsvanmānikyabhāsvanmakuṭabhṛtinamannākanāthottamāṃgabhaktipaṃke sarojāsanaśarasi hasamālatimālikābhāṣamaulau mīlanmṛgāṃkā | Text ends: - śrīvajradattaviracitā śrīlokeśvaraśtakaṃ samāpta || Manuscript acquired by Hodgson in Nepal. See p. 23 in Cowell, E. B. and Eggeling, J. 'Catalogue of Buddhist Sanskrit manuscripts in the possession of the Royal Asiatic Society (Hodgson Collection)', published in the Journal of...
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Paper; 6 lines on each page. Cowell and Egeling describe the writing as "modern", i.e. 19th century. In 5 paṭalas. Text begins: sarvajñaṃ jñānakāyaṃ dinakaravapuṣaṃ padmapatrāyatākṣaṃ siṃhāsanasthaṃ sukharatamitaṃ (!) mastakena praṇamya | - 1. (169 stanzas) iti śrīmadādibuddhoddhṛte śrīkālacakre lokadhātuvinyāsapatalaḥ prathamaḥ || f.30r; 2. (180 stanzas) - adhyātmanirṇayo nāma paṭalo dvitīyaḥ || f.61r; 3. (203 stanzas) -...
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Paper; 6 or 7 lines on each page. Text on the philosophy of grammar. It begins: vijñātasakalajñeyamuttīrṇabhavasāgaraṃ | praṇamya sugataṃ samyagucyate śabdaśāsanaṃ || Text is in 5 paṭalas: the Kāraka ends f.14v; the Samāsa f.25r; the Taddhita f.37r; the Tiṅ f.42r (which is missing); the Kṛt f.48r. Text ends: kārakapaṭala [samāsa] paṭalataddhitapaṭalatatiṅpaṭalakṛtpaṭala iti paṃca paṭalā niyamitāḥ || iti prayogamukhaḥ samāptaḥ || - ||...
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Palm leaf; 6 or 7 lines on each folio. Cowell and Eggeling describe the manuscript as "oldish". Text begins: śrīkālacakramīśvaramabhivandya guṇairgurūngurūṃśca mayā śrīmati ṣaḍaṅgayoge guṇabharaṇī ṭippaṇī kriyate | iha khalu vahiradhyātmavidyābhyāsabhāvitacitta sannatirācāryānupamarakṣito nirālambakalpatatvopadeśabhāvanayā śrīsaśarppaṇe (?) dvādaśa samvatsarānanaiṣīt | - It ends: ṣaḍaṅgayogaṭippaṇī samāptā ||...
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Palm leaf; 5 lines on each page. F.11 missing. The manuscript is described by Cowell and Eggeling as "old" and note that it requires some familiarity with the characters to make out the writing. The date (in the reign of Devapāla) is given at the end in letters. Text begins: praṇamya śrīgurūn (?). - | ādikarmapradīpantad - || - || tatrādau darśitā ye tu mantrāḥ pūjādikarmasu | ākṛṣyaikatra sampiṇḍe likhyante te tu nānyathā || mukhasaucādikaṃ (?) kṛtvā...
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Paper; 6 lines on each page. Cowell and Eggeling describe the handwriting as "modern", i.e. 19th century. Text begins: tato adhivāsanavidhi | sūtra ādinayyākhanamo - jalapātrapūjā f.2r; thvate ātmapūjā f.3r; iti kumbhapūjā f.4r; iti vṛttikādayake vidhi f.4v; trideva āsanapūjāḥ f.5v, etc. Text ends: thvate adhivāsanavidhi samāpta || Manuscript acquired by Hodgson in Nepal. See p. 45 in Cowell, E. B. and Eggeling, J. 'Catalogue of Buddhist Sanskrit manuscripts in...
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by Kuladatta
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Paper; 7 lines on each page. Described by Cowell and Eggeling as "oldish". They also note that ff.21-42 were written by a different copyist from the rest. Text is in three prakaraṇas. It begins: mahāgamātmadāmnāyātsacchiṣyāśceṣaṇāvaśāt (!) | vajrasatvaṃ jagannāthaṃ natveyaṃ kriyate mayā || - iti śrīkuladarttamahāpaṇḍitaviracitāyāṃ (!) pañjikāyāṃ prathamakaraṇaṃ f.9v; iti mahāpaṇḍitakuladattavirajitāyāṃ -dvitīyaṃ - f.24r. iti...
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Paper; 5 lines on each page. Cowell and Eggeling describe the writing as "modern", i.e. 19th century. In 26 paṭalas; text begins: athāto bhūtaḍāmaramahātantrarāje sarvabhūtabhūtānāṃ sādhanavidhivistaraṃ pravakṣyāmi | ityāha bhagavānmahāvajradharastrailokyādhipatiḥ - 1. iti bhūtaḍāmaramahātantrarāje iṣṭabhūtarājā kalpaḥ prathamaḥ paṭalaḥ f.9r; 2. - karmapiśācinībhūtinīsādhanavidhivistaraḥ - f.12r; 3. and 4. -...
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Paper; 10 lines on each page, very minutely written. Cowell and Eggeling date the manuscript to around the end of the 18th century. 1. The Amṛtakaṇikā, ff.7-40. Text begins: viṣayaviṣayivyomāśleṣapravṛttanimittakaṃ raviśaśitamovartmāvṛttyā (?) śarāricalakriyaṃ | Two introductory ślokas. For the text after this, see the attached article. 2. Abhiṣekanirukti. Text begins: kāyadvayāśrayaṃ vyāpi dharmakāyaṃ mahāsukhaṃ | nityaṃ vajradharaṃ natvā...
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Paper; 6 lines on a page. Cowell and Eggeling describe the writing as "modern", i.e. 19th century. Text consists of two chapters only, the Hevajra and the ḍākiṇījāsaṃvara-mahātantram. Text is imperfect in the beginning. The first folio begins: latu dvitīyena ghaṇṭhānādaṃ tṛtīyakaṃ | sarvālaṃkāraṃ sapūṇṇaṃ suśobhavastre manditaṃ (!) || A. 1. sarvatathāgatakāyavākcittahevajravajrakulapaṭalaḥ prathamaḥ || f.3v; 2. mantrapaṭalaḥ...
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Paper; 5 lines on each page. Cowell and Eggeling describe the writing as "modern" (i.e. 19th century) and "careless". Text begins: jyotibhirvijitaṃ yadasya jagatī - iti saṃjñavajramaṇḍala || 9 || f.9r; || 3 || f.19v; iti mantraḥ sārvakarmikaḥ || f.25r; vajrāmṛtamaṇḍala iti || iti yogānvarataṃtra samāptaḥ || Manuscript acquired by Hodgson in Nepal. See p. 31 in Cowell, E. B. and Eggeling, J. 'Catalogue of Buddhist Sanskrit manuscripts in the...
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Paper; 5 lines on each page. Cowell and Eggeling describe the writing as "modern" (i.e. 19th century). Text is in 33 paṭalas. It begins: evaṃ mayā śrutamekasminsamaye bhagavān sarvatathāgata - 1. Adhyeṣaṇāpaṭala, ends f.3r; 2. Utpattinirdeśap. f.5v; 3. Utpannakramanirdeśap. f.7v; 4. Caturbhūtapañcākāraṣaḍviṣayadevatāviśuddhip. f.10r; 5. Candrasūryāpadap. f.16r; 6. Pathapañcakanirdeśap. f.17r; 7. Nāḍīcakrakramopāyap f.19r; 8....
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Palm leaf; 6 lines on each page. Described by Cowell and Eggeling as "old". Manuscript is incomplete at the end. Text begins: śrīyutamarthato bhadraṃ muniśāntaṃ namāmi taṃ | yasyārthagrahamātreṇa svādhiṣṭhānaṃ mataṃ sphuṭaṃ || tatvajñānasya saṃsiddheḥ sādhanasya vigūḍhakaṃ | - After three introductory ślokas: etatsādhanena guruparamparāyātaṃ yadabhīṣṭaṃ pratipāditaṃ bhavati lagnaṃ tadeva | ādau prathamaśloka eva nidarśayati...
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Paper; 6 lines on each page. The leaves are marked ṇiṣpa-nnayo. Text begins: evaṃ mayā śrutamekasminsamaye bhagavānsarvatathāgata - sma | tatra bhagavānāha | sarvatathāgatavākcittahṛdayabhavaṃ mudrākaraṃ guhyātiguhyakaraṃ | aho vajragarbha sādhu sādhu mahākṛp - śṛṇu | vajragarbha uvāca | vajrasatvo bhavetkasmāt | - iti mañjuvajramaṇḍala f.5v; etc Text ends: iti śrīniṣpannayogāmbalī samāptaḥ || - || dānapate nepālamandale...
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Paper; 6 lines on each page. Text begins: natvārkkabandhuñjagadadekabandhuṃ svayambhubhaṭṭārakamādidevam | jarārujāmṛtyuharaikadakṣaṃ vande taduheśamahaṃ samastam || nepāle jagati khyāte gośṛṅgo nāma parvataḥ | bhero ‘sti ca juge tasya nāmnā ca jugabhedataḥ || The work consists of eight paricchedas, which end as follows: 1: iti śrīsvayaṃbhūcaityabhaṭṭārakoddeśe dharmadhātūtpanno nāma prathamaḥ paricchedaḥ f.3v; 2: iti koddeśe...
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Palm leaf; 7 lines on each page. Cowell and Eggeling note that the manuscript appears to be old, and that it apparently consists of formulas and invocations. Text begins: namo buddhāya || oṃ vajrodaka hūṃ | oṃ vajrapuṣpaṃ hūṃ etc. Text ends: poṣavidhānā samāptā || Manuscript acquired by Hodgson in Nepal. See p. 46 in Cowell, E. B. and Eggeling, J. 'Catalogue of Buddhist Sanskrit manuscripts in the possession of the Royal Asiatic Society (Hodgson Collection)', published in...
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Palm leaf; 7 lines on each folio. Some folios defaced. Cowell and Eggeling describe the manuscript as "old". Text, which is in 15 chapters, begins: yajñaśriyaṃ praṇamyādau jagadānandakārakaṃ | śūnyatākakaṇā ‘bhinnaṃ (!) yogatantraśarīriṇaṃ || Seven introductory ślokas, after which iha khalvabhidhānābhideyasambandhaprayojanaprayojanānyabhisamīkṣya - The chapters end: 1. iti gūḍhapadāyāṃ ṭīkāyāṃ granthāvatāraṃ prathamavyākhyānaṃ ||...
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Writing indicates that manuscript probably dates from 19th century. Paper; 5 lines on each page. Work is arranged in 10 chapters. Text begins: śrīmatā yena saddharmastrilokye saṃprakāśitaḥ | śrīghanaṃ taṃ mahābuddhaṃ vande ‘haṃ śaraṇāśritaḥ || natvā trijagadīśānaṃ dharmadhātuṃ jinālayaṃ | tatsvayaṃbhūsamuddeśaṃ vakṣyāmi śṛṇutādarāt || śraddhayā yaḥ śṛṇotīmāṃ svayaṃbhūtpattisatkathāṃ | pariśuddhatrikāyaḥ sa...
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Paper; 6 lines on each page. No date on the manuscript, but Cowell and Eggeling note that the writing is "modern', i.e. 19th century. Text is in eight adhyayas, corresponding with the chapters of RAS Hodgson MS 17. Text begins: śrīmatā yena saddharmastrailokye saṃprakāśitaḥ | śrīdhanantaṃ mahābuddhamvaṃde ‘haṃ śaraṇāśritaḥ A1 ends f.31v: iti śrīgośṛṅgaparvate svayambhucaityabhaṭṭārakoddeśe dharma dhātūtpanno nāma prathamo dhyāyaḥ || A2 ends...
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Paper; 7 lines on each page. Consists chiefly of formulas mostly beginning with oṃ or namaḥ and dhāraṇīs. The title does not occur at the end; but it is given outside and the leaves are marked kaṃ. Text begins: oṃ śunyaṃ vajrasatvotbhavaprakāsitaṃ | - | ukākāre tathāgatotpannaṃ bhāvayet - Manuscript acquired by Hodgson in Nepal. See p. 40-41 in Cowell, E. B. and Eggeling, J. 'Catalogue of Buddhist Sanskrit manuscripts in the possession of the Royal Asiatic Society...
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Paper; 5 lines on each page. Cowell and Eggeling describe the handwriting as "modern", i.e. 19th century. Text is in fifty four paṭalas. Manuscript begins: śrīmadyamadviṣamaśeṣaguṇaprasūtiṃ samvarttakālanavanīlakāntiṃ | vaktratrayo kuliśakhaḍgadharaṃ sakarttiñcakrābjakarpparatṛnmanasā namāmi (!) || evaṃ mayā śrutamekasminsamaye bhagavān sarvatathāgata - vijahāra | mohavajrayamāriṇā ca | piśunavajrayamāriṇā ca | rāgavajrayamāriṇā ca |...
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Palm leaf; 8 or 9 lines on each folio. This manuscript was previously catalogued as Anumânakhaṇḍam (lit. ‘Section on inference’), apparently on the basis of a provisional title that Cowell and Eggeling found on the wrapper. Cowell and Eggeling describe this manuscript as "old". Text begins: S namas tārāyai || yadyogād andhavad viśvaṃ saṃsāre bhramad iṣyate | sā kṛpāvaśagaiḥ pāpā sthirabuddhir apāsyate || iha pare sakalapadārthasthairyaprasādhanārthaṃ...
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