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Royal Message to Melbourne

Royal Message to Melbourne

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Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra
Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra

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Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana Krom Luang Naradhiwas RajanagarindraRoyal Matriarch of the Descendants of King Chulalongkorn Chulachomklao of Siam
Honorary President of the Tipiṭaka Presentation in Roman-Script Edition WorldwideFollowing the King of Siam Tipiṭaka Donation in Siam-Script 1893 Edition.
 
Royal MessageHer Royal Highness Princess Galyani VadhanaKrom Luang Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra
(To be read during the World Tipiṭaka Presentation to the University of Melbourne)
 
I am delighted and profoundly honoured to present a 40-volume Pāḷi Tipiṭaka inRoman-script edition to leading institutions worldwide. This occasion is especiallymeaningful because this publication is the world’s first Pāḷi Tipiṭaka Edition in Romanscript -- from the only Great International Council, convened by 2,500 Theravāda Buddhistmonks in the Buddhist Era 2500 or 1956 A.D. It is, therefore, a Heritage of HumanityEnlightenment which has been preserved for over 2500 years.The three inaugural Pāḷi Tipiṭaka editions were published by the Dhamma Societyunder the Patronage of the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand. The first inaugural edition waspresented to the people of Sri Lanka on March 6, 2005. I went on a Pilgrimage to Colomboupon the invitation of the President of Sri Lanka for the presentation of the special editionwhich is now preserved at the Presidential Mansion in Colombo. The special edition for theKingdom of Thailand was presented to the people of Thailand on August 15, 2005 and isnow preserved at the Constitutional Court of the Kingdom of Thailand in Bangkok. Thespecial edition for the western world was presented on September 13, 2005 to the Kingdomof Sweden and is now preserved at the Uppsala University Library.The presentation of the International Pāḷi Tipiṭaka in Roman-script edition is ameritorious act following the publication of the Tipiṭaka in Siam-script edition by myGrandfather, King Chulalongkorn Chulachomklao of Siam, who in 1893 had the PāḷiTipiṭaka printed in book-form for the first time in the world. Over two hundred and sixty of these sets were presented to leading institutions worldwide. In Sri Lanka and Sweden, oneset of these historic printings “Chulachomklao the Great of Siam Pāḷi Tipiṭaka” has beenwell-preserved both in the temple of the Holy Tooth Relic in Kandy and at the CarolinaRediviva in Uppsala.After the inauguration in 2005, one thousand sets will be presented as a donation toleading institutions worldwide. Furthermore, the International Tipiṭaka Studies will beinitiated as an integral part of the presentation. The International Tipiṭaka Studies in theseleading institutions will integrate the wisdom-base in the Tipiṭaka with the knowledge-baseof the world today. It is hoped that the integration and right understanding of the PāḷiTipiṭaka will ensure sustainable peace, as well as lasting security for the internationalcommunity today.May the merits of the International Tipiṭaka printing and the presentation bringwisdom, life-long happiness and prosperity to the people of the world, now and always.Bangkok, 2005

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