Testament of Ba

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Testament of Ba (Tib. སྦ་བཞེད་, ba shyé, Wyl. sba bzhed) - attributed to Ba Salnang. It is a chronicle of events surrounding the reign of King Trisong Detsen, the founding of Samyé Monastery and the famous Samyé Debate. According to the Great Tibetan Dictionary, it is also known as the 'Inventory of Samyé' (བསམ་ཡས་དཀར་ཆག, bsam yas dkar chag).


  • Wangdu, Pasang and Diemberger Hildegard, eds. and trans.,dBa' bzhed: The Royal Narrative Concerning the Bringing of the Buddha's Doctrine to Tibet; translation and facsimile edition of the Tibetan text, Wien: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2000

Further Reading



  • Dan Martin, Tibetan Histories: A Bibliography of Tibetan-Language Historical Works, London: Serindia, 1997, p.23
  • Philip Denwood, 'Some Remarks on the Status and Dating of the Sba bzhed', in Tibet Journal, vol. 15 no. 4 (Winter 1990), pp.135-148
  • Matthew T. Kapstein, The Tibetan Assimilation of Buddhism: Conversion, Contestation, and Memory, New York: Oxford University Press, 2000


  • Stein, R. A., Une chronique anciene de Bsam-yas: Sba bzhed, Paris: Publications de l’Institut des Hautes Études Chinoises, 1961

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