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Japanese researchers said they have discovered an ancient copy of a legendary Buddhist sutra, written in Sanskrit, in the city of Lhasa.

It is the first time in modern history that an original Sanskrit text of the sutra, known as “Yuima-kyo” in Japanese and “Vimalakirti” in Sanskrit, has been discovered, Taisho University researchers said. Buddhists have so far used texts translated into old Chinese and Tibetan.

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