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Hobogirin Style Reference to CBETA Text

What is this tool for...?

Now that all the texts of Indian and Chinese sections of the Taisho Canon are available online, thanks to the GIGANTIC efforts of the Cbeta team, we -- researchers of Buddhism -- often want to look up some text from this huge collection of e-texts.

Unfortunately, the processus is not very simple... Suppose that you have all the needed reference of the text you want to look up: the Taisho volume, the number of the work, the number of the juan/kan (fascicule) if necessary, the page number, the column (a/b/c) and the line numbers -- you will have to open first the folder that corresponds to the Taisho volume, the file that corresponds to the work's (and juan/kan's) number, then search the page, column and the line numbers...

The tool provided here is intended to simplify this processus. You will have to enter the needed reference, in a document of the editor named Style, in the Hobogirin style, for example:
T. XXV 1506 ii 20b8-c29
Ttt. XLIX 2035 i 129a8-b15
and choose the menu-item named "Hobogirin2Cbeta" in the "Scripts" menu of that editor, and..., after some seconds
A new window will open, and you will see all the text that you wanted in the Taipei font (if your system has the CLK installed...!).

Hobogirin Style Reference

The Hobogirin Style Reference system is described in:
Supplement au Quatrieme Fascicule du Hobogirin.
Paris, Tokyo, 1967, p. vii.

Here are the essential points:

Thus, for example:
T. I 1 i 1b7-15
refers to the first volume of the Taisho Canon, first work (a sutra supposedly preached by the Buddha), first juan/kan, page 7, column b, line 7 to 15;
Ttt. XLIX 2035 i 129a8-b15
refers to the volume 49 of the Taisho Canon, work no. 2035 written by a Chinese author, first juan/kan, page 129, column a, line 8 to column b, line 15.


You need: and

This package contains

How to install

The installation is complete.

How to use this tool...

  1. You can use either the Cbeta files downloaded directly from the Cbeta site (or its mirror sites), each file corresponding to a work, or a single juan/kan of a work. E.g.:
    • 0001_000.txt
    • 0001_001.txt
    • 0001_002.txt
    • 0001_003.txt
    • 0001_004.txt
    • 0001_005.txt
    • 0001_006.txt
    • 0001_007.txt
    • .....
    or the concatenated files that you can download from -- each file corresponding to a work, and not to a single juan/kan. E.g.:
    • 1911_all.txt
    • 1912_all.txt
    • 1913_all.txt
    • 1914_001.txt
    • 1915_001.txt
    • 1916_all.txt
    • 1917_001.txt
    • 1918_all.txt
    • ......
  2. The Cbeta files must be in a folder containing all the folders, each of which corresponding to a Taisho volume. And each folder must be named in the following way: "t01", "t02", "t03" .... "t53", "t54", "t55", "t85":



    Here is an example of folder hierarchy:


  3. Launch the editor Style, and write in a document a valid Taisho reference in the Hobogirin style, e.g.:

    T. XXV 1506 ii 20b8-c29
    Ttt. XLIX 2035 i 129a8-b15

    Select that reference, and choose the menu-item named "Hobogirin2Cbeta" in the "Scripts" menu;
    a new window will open, and the referenced Taisho text will be displayed in Taipei font.

    Note that...:

    • The selected reference must begin with a "T", and must not contain any carridge return.
    • In fact, after "T", "t" or "tt" (or "[t]", "[tt]") have no effect. E.g. the reference
      Ttt. XLIX 2035 i 129a8-b15
      may be
      T. XLIX 2035 i 129a8-b15
      as well.
    • If the given reference is not good, an error message will alert the user.

    I would be grateful if you could write me your comments, bug reports or suggestions for these scripts.
    Thank you in advance!

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