University of the West’s Department of Religious Studies Professor, Dr. Darui Long, recently rediscovered a long-lost Buddhist manuscript while doing research at the historic Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. A section of The Lotus Sutra, written in gold dust on indigo paper, the manuscript was in the language of the Xi Xia, or Tangut peoples who lived in what is now China before they were eradicated by the Mongols who sought revenge for the death of Genghis Khan.

We sat down with Dr. Long for an interview to learn how this rare document came to Poland, what the significance of this rediscovery is, and what it was like to investigate unaccounted for manuscripts in an 800 year-old European library.  Read more about this fascinating contribution to world history and Buddhist studies on our UWest blog.