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J inaputra says of the Bbh that i t is a code because "it teaches the bases of training sum m ari ly. " Bodhibhadra ( 2 29b ! ) and Tsong-kha-pa (38a) refer to "code" in the plural, the latter specifying the chapters on ethics of the Bbh and the SS . 3 4 The Bbh is divided into three sections (yogas thana) entitled Founda­ tions, Supplement, and Conclusion. These three sections com prise ten topics, o f which the first is coterm inous with Section One. This " founda­ tions" section and topic is the largest and includes the Chapter on Ethics as one of a set of chapters on each o f the six perfections.

Khri-srong-lde­ bstan ) , as preceptor of the first Tibetan m onks. He visits Tibet twice during the period 762 t o 779 when he dies from the kick o f a horse. 48 § ant arak�it a the Ba clan is first brought to the center by the m inister Saynang of (Sba-gsal-snang). Saynang has been sent as governor to Mang-yul near Nepali to protect him from anti-buddhist colleagues. 5 0 32 lmroducfio n There, according to the histories, he reques ts bodhisattva vow. Sayn ang is first m ade to o ffer gold, silver, and precious objects.

476 below. ) J inaputra can be p laced at the seventh to eighth centuries, between GU l} aprabha and Samudram egha (late eighth century), 3 7 author of the on­ ly complete Bbh-com m en tary to survive in Tibet an. Samudramegh a ' s treatment of t h e Chapter on E t hics is identical to t h a t of J inaputra, allowing for variants due to m anuscrip t transmission. Samudramegha is considered the author of another com m en tary--no longer ext ant--to the Chapter on Ethics. Dragp a Gyal tsen cites it (Ts.

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