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The original manuscript of Tipitak does not exist?

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:11 am
by SarathW
The original manuscript of Tipitak does not exist?

The original text copied 2,000 years has long vanished in the mists of history. Manuscripts in Sri Lanka generally do not last longer than a few hundred years, and presumably it would have been re-copied multiple times. The Alu Vihara, it seems, remained a center for preserving manuscripts. Sadly, though, the old library was destroyed, along with any manuscripts, during the Matale rebellion of 1848 4. So we shall never know exactly what was in it at that time...........

https://discourse.suttacentral.net/t/th ... xist/13026

What is your opinion?

Re: The original manuscript of Tipitak does not exist?

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:16 am
by retrofuturist
Greetings,
SarathW wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:11 am
What is your opinion?
If my understanding is correct, by that time, the Tipitaka had already been transcribed in other scripts (Burmese? Thai? Others?) with negligible disparity. Occasionally there are variances, as you'll have encountered if you read through Bhikkhu Bodhi's translations of one of the nikayas. From memory, I think he uses square brackets to demarcate variant readings, but they are so minimal as to be inconsequential in the scheme of things. Frankly, we're blessed that they survived to the 21st century, at all.

Metta,
Paul. :)

Re: The original manuscript of Tipitak does not exist?

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 5:21 am
by SarathW
we're blessed that they survived to the 21st century, at all.
Agree.
But the argument is that the Tipitaka in Sri Lanka is not a copy of the original pass down from Sri Lankan monks but was imported from Thailand.

From OP reference.


"We do know, however, that the Sri Lankan Sangha requested that manuscripts be imported from Myanmar and Thailand during the colonial period, due to the widespread destruction of the local manuscripts and difficulty of sponsoring new copies. Obviously this request would not have been made if complete and pristine ancient copies existed at a well-known temple like the Alu Vihara."