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First printed Tipitaka in Thai script online

A full text digital copy of the first printed Tipitaka, known as the Chulachomklao of Siam Pāḷi Tipiṭaka 1893 Edition (39 Volumes), printed in Bangkok by King Chulalongkorn (Chulachomklao) of Siam, is available online.

The Tipiṭaka is the repository of the Buddha’s words well preserved in the Pāḷi language. Since Pāḷi is a unique historic language and is not known to have its own alphabet, this historic edition provides the entire Pāḷi text in Thai script, totaling over 12,000 pages.

After 1893, the King of Siam presented these newly printed
sets to royal monasteries all over the Kingdom, and then after a request, presented them as a Gift of Dhamma from Siam to over 250 leading institutions worldwide. A record at the National Archives of Thailand has been found that over 30 countries in five continents have received these royal gifts and many of them are still holding them in good condition.

The preservation of this edition began in 2000. A complete digitised draft edition was first published in 2008. The Thai-language introduction was published in 2009 and the English Version was published in 2010 which was entitled ‘ The Chulachomklao of Siam Pāḷi Tipiṭaka 1893 : A Digital Preservation Edition 2010′.

A general guide to the Tipitaka in English is available from Buddhanet.

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The Ramakien in mural paintings at Wat Phra Chetuphon

Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho) in Bangkok, also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and the place where traditional Thai massage was made a higher education discipline, houses one of the most important collections of mural paintings dedicated to the Ramakien, the Thai version of the Ramayana.
The story of Rama (Phra Raam) and Sita (Naang Sidaa) is retold in German together with a collection of photographs showing the murals at Wat Pho on the Thailandseiten website, which also contains German versions of the Last Ten Jatakas, the Life of the Buddha, the legend of Phra Malai, and the Traiphum Phra Ruang. It also includes a collection of historical photographs from North Thailand and essays on lacquer art, Thai Buddhist temples, the art of Buddha footprints, the art of mother-of-pearl inlay, the Buddha in modern Thai art and much more (all text is in German language).

Stone rubbing showing a scene from the Ramakien.

Stone rubbing showing a scene from the Ramakien.

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Framing the Sacred – Cambodian Buddhist Painting

Exhibition: Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, 20 November 2013 – 20 March 2014

Buddhist paintings in Cambodia serve in rituals, for teaching, and as a means of making space sacred. The exhibit presents works on cloth and glass from the collection of Joel Montague that embody both the religious stories and doctrines of Cambodian Buddhism and the traditions of Cambodian culture.

A very detailed catalog of the exhibit compiled by Trent Walker, including images of the paintings, translations of painting inscriptions and accompanying Khmer liturgical material, and a short introductory essay, is freely available online.

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The story of story in South Asia

The Story of Story in South Asia is a project aiming to explore the shared elements in the narratives of Buddhist, Jain and Brahmanical Hindu traditions.

The research aims to explore the role of story in the shaping of religious ideology in early South Asia, showing how Hindus, Buddhists and Jains used story to present and contest their ideas of self and other, and past, present and future. It will also consider how certain generic characters, such as the king or the sage, suggest points of contact between these religions.

The project is a joint venture between Cardiff University and the University of Edinburgh running from January 2013 to the end of 2015.

The three-year project will culminate in story-telling events in Cardiff and Edinburgh, a new book based on the project’s findings and various academic articles and papers to be shared among the academic community globally. We will also be convening a panel at a major international conference in order to raise awareness and critical discussion of our research theme amongst other scholars. There are also plans for a television documentary series that will explore how story has impacted on our past and on the modern world with an emphasis on South Asia and its diaspora.

 

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10th United Nations Day of Vesak 2014

Bai Dinh Temple, Vietnam, 7-11 May 2014

Every year since the resolution passed by the United Nation’s General Assembly on 15 December 1999 – the thrice-sacred day of Vesak (celebrating the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha Gotama) is celebrated internationally. The International Council for the Day of Vesak has been granted Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council since 2013 – to honor commitments, the 10th United Nations Day of Vesak celebrations will take upon: “Buddhism and the UN Millennium Development Goals”, as the general theme of the 2014 UNDV Conference.

The organisers now call for papers for the 2014 United Nations Day of Vesak (UNDV). Celebrations and an Academic Conference will be hosted by the National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha and will be held in Bai Dinh Temple, Vietnam, from 7-11 May 2014. Additional support for the conference is coming from Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Thailand, and the International Association of Buddhist Universities.

The conference and celebrations are expected to draw a gathering of 10,000 people – including 1,500 Buddhist leaders, Buddhist scholars and Buddhist practitioners from all of the Buddhist traditions around the world, and 8,500 from Vietnam.

The academic conference will be held on the second day of events (9 May 2014), and will be again organized through the International Association of Buddhist Universities (IABU) in collaboration with National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha.

Papers are now being invited for the UNDV Conference’s main theme on “Buddhist Perspective towards achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals.” The interdisciplinary study is encouraged and the organisers welcome abstracts or proposals from scholars in all fields related to the main and sub-themes of the conference, which include the following:

1. Buddhist Response to Sustainable Development and Social Change

2. Buddhist Response to Global Warming and Environmental Protection

3. Buddhist Contributions to Healthy Living

4. Peace-building and Post-Conflict Recovery

5. Buddhist Education and University Level Curriculum

Acceptable articles, determined by the academic peer-review committee, will be published together along with those highlighted for presentation. The conference volume will be available prior to the beginning of the presentations.

For more detailed information on participation and presentation of a paper, please contact the Editorial Committee Manager at icdv2014conference@gmail.com .

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