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Recitation of sacred texts has remained one of the basic practices of religious act in Hindu and Buddhist religious tradition of Nepal. The practice of listening to the recitations from Holy Scriptures in the proper way is a long and time honored tradition in all Buddhist homes in Nepal[1]. In Hiranyavarna Mahavihara (Buddhist Monastery) of Kathmandu a manuscript of Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita text which was written in 1224 AD with golden ink on Palm leaves[2] is daily recited by Buddhist Priests. Prajnaparamita is one of the most influential texts of Mahayana Buddhist tradition. In the Baha the test is worshipped in the form of the text-cum goddess[3]. Most of the people within the community for the first time know about the text as goddess. Only after encountering with these recitation rituals they know it as a religious text. There is no academic legacy of teaching this text so people study, understand and teach philosophy of this text through recitation rituals. [1] Karunakar Vaidya, Buddhist Traditions and Culture of the Kathmandu Valley (Nepal) (Kathmandu: Sajha Prakashan, 1986), P.232   [2] Ranjana Dhakhwa Bajracharya, Role of the Hiranyavarna Mahavihara in socio-cultural life of the Buddhist Newars of Patan, An Unpublished PhD dissertation submitted to Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kathmandu: Tribhuvan University, 1993, p.167 [3] David N. Gellner, The Anthropology of Buddhism and Hinduism: Weberian Themes (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001), P. 127

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Bikash Gnawali (Nepal) 13956
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