Sinhalese Dhammapada

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The item is an original Gogerly manuscript of different suttas from the Dhammapada text, written in Sinhalese language. The Sinhalese text with notes and explanations in English occupies 20 pages, whereas the last 5 reversed pages of the notebook is a handwritten account of Gogerly's expenditures. The remaining 23 pages are left blank. Brownish paper, brown ink. Written in Sri Lanka, date unknown. The Dhammapada is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form (423 verses) and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures. The original version of the Dhammapada is in the Khuḍḍaka Nikāya, a division of the Pāli Canon of Theravāda Buddhism, and was written around the 3rd century BCE. Each saying recorded in the collection was made on a different occasion in response to a unique situation that had arisen in the life of the Buddha and his monastic community. 21cmX15.7cm.

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