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Not only the large number of fragments — more than 1000 out of the 8500 Old Turkic fragments preserved in the Berlin Turfan collection — but also the large number of different copies proves the pre-eminence of the Altun Yaruk Sudur (Skt. Suvarṇaprabhāsottamasūtra), “The Sūtra of Golden Light” among the Old Uigurs. A nearly complete copy and a large number of further manuscripts are preserved in the St. Petersburg collection. We also know about smaller fragments from different copies in the London collection and about at least three fragments among the recent findings from the Bezeklik caves, preserved in the Turfan Museum. It is for the first time that two of the three fragments from the new Bezeklik findings are published and that for the third, previously published one, a new interrelation to a manuscript, preserved in fragments in the Berlin collection, is established.

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The Old Uighur fragment (GT15-64) preserved in National Library of China, Beijing and its parallel fragments (Ch/U 6005 + Ch/U 6411 + Ch/U 7287) preserved in the Berlin Turfan collection are different copies of the same text. This text consists of two parts, an adhyeṣaṇā verse that extols the merit of good deeds, which is immeasurable when one implores the Buddha to turn the dharma-wheel, and a colophon. Although the adhyeṣaṇā part contains many quotations from the Suvarṇaprabhāsasūtra, the colophon indicates that it is an original literary work by Buddhist monks who praise the Saddharmapuṇḍarīkasūtra.

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