(Oct 2021) Professor Peter Skilling, a Khyentse Foundation Advisor and Fellow, is one of the leading scholars of the Buddhist history and literature of South and Southeast Asia. He has lived and worked in the region for nearly five decades. In 1994 he founded the Fragile Palm Leaves Foundation (FPL), which archives one of the largest collections of palm-leaf manuscripts in Pali and Southeast Asian languages including Burmese, Mon, Shan, Khun, Lue and Thai. This issue of KF Focus brings you an update on the digitizing and cataloguing of these rare, valuable, and delicate palm-leaf manuscripts carried out by the Buddhist Digital Resource Center. It also describes the academic activities and other amazing work happening at FPL despite the prolonged pandemic.
The full illustrated story is here.