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A 245

Known as:A 245; THT 878
Cite this page as:Gerd Carling. "A 245". In A Comprehensive Edition of Tocharian Manuscripts (CEToM). Created and maintained by Melanie Malzahn, Martin Braun, Hannes A. Fellner, and Bernhard Koller. (accessed 24 Apr. 2024).


Editor:Gerd Carling


Main find spot:Shorchuk
Specific find spot:Stadthöhle
Expedition code:T III Š 98.5
Collection:Berlin Turfan Collection

Language and Script


Text contents

Title of the work:Buddhastotras: Mātrceta s Varṇāhavarṇa
Text genre:Literary


Material: ink on paper
Number of lines:4


Images from by courtesy of the International Dunhuang Project, the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften, and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Orientabteilung.


a1/// [lpa] ntāṃ wi nā sa mcu ·ā ra – – – ·k·
a2/// [e] rkā¯ ¯t ka – sa lu l· – – –
a3/// [p]· [tti] śpa r[ṣ]i – jā nai 10 3 a śu¯ ¯p wra
a4/// ṣ [:] l[y]ā¯ ¯k a s[a]¯ ¯m kā rme yme
b1/// [n]e – ¯s y[s]o [m]o ṣā ñä ntwaṃ o pa śśi
b2/// [ā] lu kā swaṃ na¯ ¯s̝t sne
b3/// sa lpe – so[¯] [¯m] ·ñi – s[n]· – [m]··[ṃ]
b4/// ne rvā na¯ ¯cä ytā rna¯ ¯s̝t [wi] [nā] sa m[c]·


a1 /// lpantāṃ wināsam cu ·āra – – – ·k·
a2 /// erkāt kasalu l· – – –
a3 /// p(u)ttiśparṣi (ā)jānai 10-3 aśup wra-
a4 -(m) /// ṣ : lyāk asam kārme yme
b1 /// ne – s ysomo ṣāñäntwaṃ opäśśi
b2 /// ālu kāswaṃ naṣt sne
b3 /// sälpe (wra)som ·ñi – sn· – m··ṃ
b4 /// nervānac ytār naṣt wināsam


a4 /// the smooth, unequalled, true way



Transcription and references have been transferred from the "Text and Reference Database of the Tocharian A Language" (Gerd Carling Lund University) (funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation and SCAS).
Transcription and translation are based on Carling et al. 2009.

Parallel texts

Mātṛceṭa's Varṇāhavarṇa II.

Philological commentary

For the correspondence with Skt. see Schmidt 1987:



Online access

IDP: THT 878; TITUS: THT 878


Sieg and Siegling 1921: 122; Sieg and Siegling 1921 p. 122


Carling et al. 2009

Carling, Gerd, Georges-Jean Pinault, and Werner Winter. 2009. A dictionary and thesaurus of Tocharian A. Volume 1: Letters a-j. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.


“The International Dunhuang Project: The Silk Road Online.” n.d.

Schmidt 1987

Schmidt, Klaus T. 1987. “Zu einer metrischen Übersetzung von Mātṛceṭas Buddhastotra Varṇārhavarṇa in tocharischer Sprache.” Tocharian and Indo-European Studies 1: 152–68.

Sieg and Siegling 1921

Sieg, Emil, and Wilhelm Siegling. 1921. Tocharische Sprachreste, I. Band. Die Texte. A. Transcription. Berlin/Leipzig: de Gruyter.


Gippert, Jost, Katharina Kupfer, Christiane Schaefer, and Tatsushi Tamai. n.d. “Thesaurus Indogermanischer Text- und Sprachmaterialien (TITUS): Tocharian Manuscripts from the Berlin Turfan Collection.”