martes, 18 de octubre de 2016

Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies (AABS)
Dear list members,

Our next seminar will be at 6:00-7:30pm on Thursday October 27 in the Rogers Room (N397) of the John Woolley Building, University of Sydney.

We hope you can attend this event.

Kind regards,
AABS Executive

The “World’s Biggest Book”: The Conservation, Photographing, and Study of the Kuthodaw Pagoda Marble-stelae Recension of the Pali Buddhist Canon in Mandalay, Myanmar

The Kuthodaw Pagoda at Mandalay in upper Myanmar/Burma is commonly referred to as the “World’s Biggest Book”. Consisting of 729 marble stelae spread over a 5.2 hectare site, the Pagoda is a large inscriptional complex that preserves an authorised mid-nineteenth century Myanmar recension of the Pali canon. The site was created at the command of King Mindon, the second last king of Burma, between 1860 and 1868 in order to fulfil one of the religious duties of Myanmar kings to preserve the Buddha’s teachings, in all likelihood also prompted by the annexation of lower Myanmar by the British in 1852.

Despite its importance (UNESCO “Memory of the World” status 2013), neither the inscribed text nor the site as a whole has been studied in any detail. In 2013 a group of scholars and students at the University of Sydney and Nan Tien Institute established the Kuthodaw Pagoda Project with the aim of conserving, digitally photographing and studying the Kuthodaw Pagoda site and its inscriptions. This paper will be jointly presented by several project members and will describe the challenges encountered thus far, work completed to date and future plans. Some preliminary findings will also be discussed.


Mark Allon, University of Sydney
Chris Clark, University of Sydney
Tamara Ditrich, Nan Tien Institute & University of Sydney
Bob Hudson, University of Sydney
Ian McCrabb, University of Sydney
Wendy Reade, University of Sydney
Royce Wiles, Nan Tien Institute

Buddhist reliquary stupa

Gold leaf covered schist reliquary in the form of a stupa.  Kusana period, North Western India. National Museum, Karachi, Pakistan. Copyright: Huntington, John C. and Susan L.Huntington Archive