Volunteers from Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya Rajabhat University joined Palm-leaf Manuscript Preservation Program. They carefully helped clean manuscripts preserved at Wat Yan Ang Thong and systematically stored them back in category. This volunteer program offered students an opportunity to gain valuable experience and instilled in young generation a love of country and religious treasures.
DTP staff members and students from Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya Rajabhat University offered manuscript wrapping cloths to monastic community of Thongpu Temple, Ayutthaya. These new clothes would be replaced the old ones destroyed by the great flood in 2011 to protect precious writing against damage from light and dust.
Dhammachai Tipitaka Project organized a ceremony to commemorate the auspicious occasion of the 10th anniversary of the project. Lay people who have supported the project’s work gathered at DCI Center for Buddhist Studies, Bangban to visit exhibition, attend the procession of offering palm-leaf manuscripts of 4 traditions (Khom, Tham, Sinhalese, and Burmese) meditated, and received blessing from monks.
Representatives of donors and DTP staff offered a palm-leaf manuscript cabinet to the abbot of Duang Dee Temple, Chiang Mai. DTP had received a generous permission to digitize 27 bundles of palm-leaf manuscripts preserved at the temple library during 13 June- 20 August 2018.
Representatives of DTP traveled to offer 8 palm-leaf manuscript cabinets in Lamphun and Chiang Mai Provinces. On, March 5, the first two cabinets were offered toWat Sitthi Song Tham and WatPratu Pa located in Lamphun Province. And fromMarch 6-8, the other cabinets were offered to 6 templesin Chiang Mai including WatChediLuang, WatMethang, WatNantharam, WatSaen Fang, WatPhra Singh, and WatSitthiSongtham.
Six years after the Official Signing of MOU between DCI and 3 universities in Myanmar (SPSU of Yangon, and SPSU of Mandalay, and ITBMU) in 2011, the digitization of palm-leaf manuscripts archived at Research Library, Kaba Aye, Yangon, finally came to completion. On this occasion, Ven. Thanavuddho, Director of DCI, granted Director of Research Library a copy of manuscript image files and a full set of digitization equipment including a high-resolution camera, light meter, photography shooting table, studio lights, laptop with digitization and editing software.