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Entrance Through the Scriptures: Catalogues and Electronic Text as a New Gate to the Buddhist Tradition=佛教研究的新入口 -- 佛教經目與電子全文
Author Wittern, Christian (著)=維習安 (au.)
Source 中華佛學學報=Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal=The Journal of Chinese Buddhist Studies
Pages411 - 429
Publisher中華佛學研究所=The Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies
Publisher Url
Location新北市, 臺灣 [New Taipei City, Taiwan]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Language中文=Chinese; 英文=English
KeywordBuddhist Canon=佛教藏經; Cataloging=目錄; Bibliographical Database=文獻資料庫; Modeling=模型; Topic Maps=主題圖
AbstractAlmost from the beginning of the Buddhist tradition in China, cataloguing and recording of the scriptures has been an important activity in the attempt of coming to terms with the vast universe of the Buddhist teachings.
In this paper, I will recount the history of the WWW Database of Chinese Buddhist texts (available at, which was started with a similar purpose to make use of the electronic medium to get a handle on and a window to explore the scriptures. The problems that have been encountered during the ten years of its ongoing development, the many changes in format, methodology and outlook, its present state, as well as prospects for future development will be the main topic of this paper. This narrative will be framed by the underlying questions of what constitutes a scripture in the Chinese cultural sphere, how different translations of the “same” scriptures are to be treated and how they relate to the “original” of Indian or Central Asian origin.
This paper will however go beyond what a traditional scholarly paper is supposed to do and experiment with how a new electronic version of the scriptural catalogues, together with electronic versions of the texts themselves, can be combined to enhance our understanding of the scriptures and the times and people that produced.

1. 漢傳經典由什麼組成?
2. 我們是如何處理「同一」經典的不同譯本?
3. 這些譯本與源於印度或中亞的「原典」有何關連?
Table of contentsThe Birth of CANWWW: Experiments with the Electronic Medium 413
What is the Content of a Catalog? 414
The WWW Database of Chinese Buddhist Texts: A Bibliographic Database? 418
WWW Database of Chinese Buddhist Texts as a Topic Map? 418
Divide et Conquere 421
Using the Database 423
Combining the Database with the Electronic Version of the Scriptures 425
Conclusions 428
References 428
ISSN10177132 (P)
Created date2007.09.07
Modified date2018.03.01

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