The Discourse on Auspicious Things: A Pali Text from Northern Thailand

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Project title The Discourse on Auspicious Things: A Pali Text from Northern Thailand
School Arts
Department Religion & Theology
Funder European Commission
Contact Rupert Gethin

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The aim of this project is to study a major work of Buddhist Pali literature in Southeast Asia, the Maṅgalatthadīpanī or “Discourse on Auspicious Things”. Composed in Chiang Mai at the beginning of 16th century, it has become one of the most influential texts throughout the region, with many Buddhist monks of the Thai-Lao and Khmer cultural worlds considering the Maṅgalatthadīpanī to contain the essential points for their knowledge of the Pali tradition. As it quotes extensively from canonical and postcanonical texts, it is valuable for indicating which texts were known in the region four centuries ago. Many vernacular texts (sermons, preaching and recitation texts) are extracted from it.

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