May 17, 2012


All of us who deal with Tibetan Buddhist sources know that zang zang gi sbyin pa is a translation of  āmiṣadāna and it means “giving of material things.” But what actually is zang zing? According to the Li shi’i gur khang, it means either “meat” (sha) or “food” (zas). Indeed if we look at āmiṣa (MW, s.v.), we see that it means, apart from “an object of enjoyment, a pleasing or beautiful object,” also “meat” and “food.”

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