Guardian of the Flame Sri Lanka Manuscript Collection

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Wijitha Bandara Comments: The manuscript is called "Dharmapradipika" or "Mahabodhivamsa Pari Katha." Decorated wooden covers.

Contributors
Gurulugomi, Thompson, Chris
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Stephen Berkwitz Comments: Sinhalese gloss on Vinaya text; Small handwriting, fine hand. Decorative drawing on last leaf.

Contributors
Thompson, Chris
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Stephen Berkwitz Comments: Unidentified. Arabic numerals; very small handwriting; line drawing of peacock on first folio; medicinal work?

Contributors
Thompson, Chris
Created Date
1864
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Wijitha Bandara Comments: Saratthavikasini is a commentary like text to understand Pali grammar text: "Kaccayana." This manuscript is mixed with another one. It called "Mahasuddassana Sutra Vyakkhyana." Saratthavikasini could identify separately since its elegant handwriting.

Contributors
Ariyalankara, Thompson, Chris
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Wijitha Bandara Comments: Pali manuscript written to explain monastic rules in detail. Date is given as Buddhist Era: 2448.

Contributors
Thompson, Chris
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Wijitha Bandara Comments: Translation of Pali Mahasatipattana Sutra. It is in both languages. Date is given on wooden cover.

Contributors
Thompson, Chris
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Wijitha Bandara Comments: Decorative wooden covers.

Contributors
Buddhaghosha, Thompson, Chris
Created Date
1884
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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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Wijitha Bandara Comments: Pali text; Buddhist text; Story of bringing Bodhi Tree to Sri Lanka; This may have been written between 18th and 19th century; Ancient Pali literature in Sri Lanka; This text is used in modern monastic colleges to teach Pali language.

Contributors
Spindler, Robert, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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Stephen Berkwitz Comments: Title written on cover; small handwriting; clearly written; complete text; could be good candidate for digitization.

Contributors
Spindler, Robert, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Created Date
1863

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.