We have discussed with Rod and John K and want to go ahead with changing the Tibetan text structure.
Details are on the wiki:
Relevant Tibetan text divisions are currently here:
First to clarify what Tibetan texts we have to deal with. We have basically three sets of sutta parallels in Tibetan:
- The Upāyika, an Abhidhamma text that quotes extensivley from several hundred Agama suttas. Even though the Upayika is formally just another text in the Derge canon, due to the number and importance of parallels it seems sensible to allocate a separate division.
- The Vinaya, which contains many sutta parallels, only a few of which are currently listed on SC.
- Various independent suttas; 10 of these are loosely grouped as the Mahasutras.
The Upayika and the Vinaya are subject to ongoing scholarly work, and due to the complexity they won’t be ready any time soon. So what we can do fairly easily is the independent suttas.
The basic thing is to combine the current “Derge/Peking” (dq) and “Tibetan Critical Editions” (tc) into a new division, simply Derge (d). In a couple of cases this will involve merging texts that are double listed. This will create a much simpler and more meaningful structure for the Tibetan texts. They will be numbered after the actual canonical numbers used in the Derge edition.
The tricky part will be to make sure that the information that is currently found as either the “Q” number (in the case of the Derge/Peking texts) or the Publication details (in the case of the Tibetan Critical Editions), is included in the Vol/Page section of the new entries. We shouldn’t lose any of this detail. Due to the small number of entries, it’s no great job to edit the data by hand.
Here are the data files that I have made the relevant changes to:
new_tibet.zip (150.3 KB)
I haven’t worked much with the data structures, so I cannot be sure these are all the changes needed, but it is a start. We should deploy the new version to staging and test it first.