These manuscripts, found in the caves of Dunhuang, include the only surviving texts of a living ‘Tibetan Chan’ tradition. They give us a snapshot of the early Chan tradition from the eighth and tenth centuries…
International Dunhuang Project
Two Tibetan works on Chan from the Tenth-century
Later Tibetan accounts agree that the Chinese side lost, leading to expulsion of Chan (Zen) Buddhism from Tibet. However, evidence from Dunhuang, such as this manuscript, suggests that Chan’s influence in Tibet continued well into the tenth-century.