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W. Houston, Wings of the White Crane, (Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi 1982) is based upon ed. C, collated with ed. A. Houston's synthetic edition of eds. A and C, not to talk of his free translation, are marred by odd readings of the text. It gave rise to a review, inter alia, by M. Richards, The Tibet Journal, VII (4) pp. 103-109, which provoked a rejoiner (letter) by G. W. Houston, The Tibet Journal, DC (1), pp. 45-48 which again prompted, finally, M. Richards to rejoin (letter), The Tibet Journal, X (1), pp.

Aris, 1988, p. 157, n. 136. D. 1719-1794/95), who in vol. ra of his gSuh-}bum (p. 451 of the ed. by Ven. Dalama) mentions among the penned products of the Sixth Dalai Lama the existence of a mgur ma. The term mgur ma, to be true, designates technically religious songs, a genre which differs markedly from the popular gzas type both in content and form. If we therefore were to assume any factual identity or correspondance between this MS of songs faintly referred to by Klon-rdol and the present woodcut booklet, the term mgur may simply just be a honorific (ze sa) employed by Klon- 35 C: D: E: with orthographical errors, misspellings, or, more rarely, current and vernacular varieties of standard orthography, accounted for by the fact t h a t these songs basically reflect an oral transmission.

We shall arguably contend that the poem in reality signals the God-king's earnest hope (phugs bsam) of realizing his dual objectives, the religious and political power of the country, the actual implementation of which is here illustrated by the acquisition of costly jewels from the deep ocean. A line of argumentation which is partly endorsed by Xiao Diyan, sBrahchar, 1987 (3), p. 94. 54 I j j j 'gro zor lam bu'i snin thub | lus dri zim pa'i bu mo | gyu chuh gru dkar brfied nas | skyur ba de dan 'dra byun \ The sweetheart whose path I chanced to pass This girl of body perfumed sweet; Like finding a turquoise—exquisite, white-lustered, Only to cast it away [again].

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