Sunday, December 12, 2021

Saddharma Ratnavaliya

Saddharma Ratnavaliya (also known as Ratanavaliya) is an ancient Sinhalese text written in or before the 13th century. Compiled by Dhammasena Thera, it contains an extensive collection of Buddhist tales elucidating the moral aphorism of the Dhamma-pada (Wikramasinghe, 1900). 
 
There is not much information about Dhammasena Thera but he is believed to have lived in or before the 13th century as his name is found in Nikaya Sangraha along with other priestly authors such as Sahitya, Wilgammula, Anuruddha, Dipankara and Mayurapada who lived in or before the reign of King Parakramabau II [(1236-1270 A.D.) Wikramasinghe, 1900].

References
1) Wikramasinghe, D. M. D. Z., 1900. Catalogue of the Sinhalese Manuscripts in the British Museum: London. pp.11-19.

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