The Kankhavitarani

Scope and Content

A manuscript copy of the Kankhavitarani. Pali text with a gloss in Mon, an language related to Vietnamese and Khmer (Cambodian) and spoken among the Mon people in parts of Burma and Thailand.

Leaves: a) 2nd part ga - gha; b) 3rd part na - ca; c)4th part cha - ja. Incomplete.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Kankhavitarani is a commentary on the Patimokkha, a register of sins containing 227 articles used when monks assembled twice a month to confess to the assembly. It was written by the greatest figure in Pali commentary literature, Buddhaghosa, a 5th century Indian scholar.

Conditions Governing Access

By appointment with the Keeper of Manuscripts. Access to records containing confidential information may be restricted.


Call numbers used to be ms 1591-1593

Other Finding Aids

Individual Manuscripts and Small Collections database available as part of Manuscripts Database.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Keeper of Manuscripts. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.