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Guardian of the Flame Sri Lanka Manuscript Collection


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Stephen Berkwitz Comments: Painted cover; sloppy handwriting.

Contributors
Spindler, Robert
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Stephen Berkwitz Comments: Unidentified. Numerous drawings and yantras on leaves. Folios short and not paginated. Includes Sivali Yantra.

Contributors
Spindler, Robert
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Stephen Berkwitz Comments: Possible anthology; small handwriting; writing of more than one author; seems to have some missing leaves at beginning.

Contributors
Spindler, Robert
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Stephen Berkwitz Comments: Unidentified. Small handwriting; more than one author (?); numerous yantras and drawings of animals and objects on leaves; mixture of prose and verse; apparent anthology of texts.

Contributors
Spindler, Robert
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Wijitha Bandara Comments: Two Adhidharma manuscripts. One is Adhidhammatthavibh avini or Abhidhammatthasamg aha Tika and Sucittalankara. Former was written by a student of Sariputta and the latter was written by a monk called Kalyanasara. Both are related to Abhidharma. Beautiful decoration on wooden covers. Pagination in both Sinhalese and Arabic.

Contributors
Thompson, Chris
Created Date
1881
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Stephen Berkwitz Comments: Writing appears to be in Burmese script. Edges of leaves painted in gold with red stripe down middle.

Contributors
Spindler, Robert
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Stephen Berkwitz Comments: Blue cloth bound covers with gold leaf design Inside cover has dyed paper. Small, skilled handwriting. Bound in reverse order with some sections upside down. Incomplete. Begins with folio 24, ends with folio 71.

Contributors
Spindler, Robert
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Stephen Berkwitz Comments: Decorated cover. Incomplete text(s). Unskilled hand(s). Leaves bound in different directions, out of order.

Contributors
Spindler, Robert
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Wijitha Bandara Comments: A glossary to aid students master the Mahabodhivansa, a history of the sacred Bodhi tree in Pali. Wooden covers are decorated. Date of transcription is written on one of the covers. Pagination in Sinahala and Arabic. Two blank leaves and a copy of first leaf is found.

Contributors
Spindler, Robert, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Created Date
1881
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Stephen Berkwitz Comments: Small handwriting.

Contributors
Spindler, Robert

Photographs of selected manuscripts from The Guardian of the Flame Sri Lanka Manuscript Collection. The complete collection consists of 390 individual manuscript objects. The manuscripts are predominantly Theravada Buddhist religious texts that originate from as early as the 3rd Century AD, although these copies of texts date from circa 1600-1910. Descriptions were compiled by Wijitha Bandara and Dr. Stephen Berkwitz. Photos presented here were made by several contributors over time, most depict covers and colophons, complete sets of folio images are added as they are created.