Good article today carried by TBC giving an explanation of what the Ghandaran manuscripts contain, and why they are so significant for understanding the history and development of Buddhism in Asia. The article does mention that there is a lot of work being done on digitizing the manuscripts, and manipulating the digital copies to piece together the original text. It seems that the Early Buddhist Manuscript Project has already received from the National Endowment for the Humanities a good portion of the funding needed to ensure that electronic copies of the Ghandaran manuscripts will be available and preserved. If you’re particularly interested in the contents and history of the Ghandaran manuscripts, this book, published by the University of Washington, gives an excellent overview of the first portions of the scrolls to be translated, their history, and significance. While it’s geared to an audience with a fair amount of preparation in the topic, portions are also meant to be accessible to the more general public.
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