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The History of the Buddha's Relic Shrine: A Translation of the Sinhala Thūpavaṃsa

Stephen C. Berkwitz


Buddhist chronicles have long been had a central place in the study of Buddhism. Scholars, however, have relied almost exclusively on Pali works that were composed by elites for learned audiences, to the neglect of a large number of Buddhist histories written in local languages for popular consumption. The Sinhala Thūpavaṃsa, composed by Parakama Pandita in 13th-century Sri Lanka, is an important example of a Buddhist chronicle written in the vernacular Sinhala language. Furthermore, it is among those works that inform public discussion and debate over the place of Buddhism in the Sri Lankan n ... More

Keywords: Buddhism, Sinhala Thūpavaṃsa, Parakama Pandita, Sri Lanka, bodhisattva, Maitreya, Dharma

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195301397
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195301397.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen C. Berkwitz, author
Southwest Missouri State University
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