GANDHARAN MANUSCRIPTS COMMEMORATIVE BOOK

The 2015-16 tour of ASEAN countries organised by a collaboration of Buddhist associations around Asia that came to a close in Malaysia last month has been commemorated in a book MS Dhammacetiya: Buddhist Relics.  The volume has been published by Impressum: Overseas Thai Missionary Office and commemorates the maiden journey through India and Southeast Asia of manuscripts saved from Bamiyan in Afghanistan.  The project also celebrates the inauguration of ASEAN Community 2015, which further strengthens ties among nations of the region under "One Vision, One Identity, One Community".

The tour began in India at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya where Buddhism was born in the 5th century BC, and took the rare manuscript fragments from the centrepiece of the Buddhism section of the Schøyen Collection through Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

ASEAN Buddhist Tour 2015 16These manuscript fragments and leaves are important not only to Buddhists but to the world's heritage.