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CONTENTS OF THE ABHIDHARMA-KOSA

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There are two sections to Vasubandhu’s work.

The first is a karika, or verse section, known as the Kosha proper. The second is the commentary (basyam) to the verses, also written by Vasubandhu.

The karika section existed independently and has been translated into Chinese as an independent work. The basyam section was translated into Chinese but was until recently lost in Sanskrit. A Sanskrit version was rediscovered in 1935 in the form of a palm-leaf text in a monastery in Tibet.

This manuscript dated from the 12th–13th centuries. Part of the text was missing. However, it did include 600 of the main karikas.


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