Kieffer-Pülz, Petra


A Pali letter on monastic boundaries by King Rama IV of Siam

13.0 x 21.0 cm, 104 p., 9 illustrations b/w, paperback / softback
22,00 €

ISBN: 9783895004537

Short Description

“Simavicarana” presents an annotated romanized edition of a letter composed in Pali by Thera Vajiranana - that is, by King Mogkut (Rama IV) of Siam when he was a monk before he took the throne. Sent in 1844 to Thera Lamkagoda Dhirananda in Sri Lanka, the long and learned letter is effectively a monograph on practical aspects of ceremonial monastic boundaries. the letter is supplemented by a shorter letter on the same subject. The volume includes a bibliography, an index locorum, and an index of names, titles, and place names.

Biographical Note

Petra Kieffer-Pülz

studied Indology, Classical Archaeology and Tibetology in Germany and Switzerland. In 1989 she received her Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen with a thesis on the Buddhist ceremonial boundary (“Die Sima”, Berlin 1992). From 2001 to 2010 she worked on the Pali Ganthipada literature (Seminar for Indology, Halle-Wittenberg) a project funded by the German Research Foundation (“Die Ganthipadas in der Vajirabuddhitika”, to appear). She currently investigates scholastic Pali, a project of German Research Foundation at the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz. Her research centers on historical, cultural and legal aspects of Buddhism.


Biography & non-fiction prose (115) || Buddhism (39) || Cultural & media studies (303) || Cultural studies (285) || Diaries, letters & journals (19) || Early Indic languages (9) || Indic, East Indo-European & Dravidian languages (107) || Pali (5) || Religion & beliefs (225) || Society & culture: general (408)