2005 Volume 54 Issue 1 Pages 25-30,1238
Dunhuang Manuscript S. 3460, that has been assumed to be the Pusa yingluo-jing (T. 16, No. 656) in various catalogues, is unmistakably the first volume of the Pusa yingluo benye jing (T. 24, No. 1485) compiled in China between the 5th·6th c. A. D. The main distinctive feature of this manuscript is that it has 28 verses on the Twenty-three Vows in the ‘xiansheng mingzi-pin’ (_??__??__??__??__??_) (Chapter 2), whereas other texts have 31 verses on Twenty-Four Vows. This form of the verse is consistent with S. 2748, the commentary of this sutra. Hence, most probably it indicates the original form of this sutra. Furthermore, when this manuscript was compared with other versions, it turned out to be the closest one to the Fangshan Stone Sutra.