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A Hub for Research and Knowledge Exchange on Kharoshthi Script and Kandari Language

The DIRI Center for Gāndhārī Studies (DIRI-CGS) is a specialized resource that offers extensive opportunities for studying, researching, and exchanging knowledge and academic opinions on the Kharoshthi script and Kandari language. The center is designed to cater to the needs of scholars, students, and the general public who are interested in exploring these two areas of interest in ancient history, linguistics, and South Asian studies.

About Our Institute

The Dhammachai International Research Institute (DIRI) of New Zealand and Australia has been conducting a number of activities in the fields of education and research in Buddhist Studies.

Research on “the Original Teachings of the Buddha” has been carried out by the Institute for several years. The Institute, therefore, is to organize an International Seminar on early Buddhism with the co-operation of Buddhist scholars from around the world whose research fields are related to early Buddhist studies.

DHAMMACHAI INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE was incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 on the 30th day of September 2009

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Understanding the Significance of Namasakāra Dhammakāya Manuscript

Brief Content: “…buddho the Buddha who awakens to the fourfold of Dhamma ativirocati is more brilliant aññesaṃ devamanussānaṃ than other men and gods yassatamuttamaṅgādiñāṇaṃ anusaritabbanti imaṃ dhammakāyaṃ this collection of Dhamma sabbaññutādikaṃ begins with Omniscience Knowledge taṃ ñāṇaṃ this Knowledge uttamaṅgādi is the head [of the dhammakāya] so far and so forth  yassa tathāgatassa the […]

The significance of the Dhammakāya in Buddhist scripture

Brief Content: The text compares the parts of the dhammakāya with the physical attributes of the Buddha. The 2nd part contains the verses in praise of the brilliant Buddha’s body qua the dhammakāya. …uññesaṃ devamanussānaṃ buddho ativirocati yassa tamuttamaṅgādiñāṇaṃ sabbaññutādikaṃ dhammakāyamataṃ buddhaṃ name taṃ lokanāyakaṃ   “I venerate that highest Knowledge beginning with Omniscience etc., the […]

Exploring the Meditation Manual “Phuttha Rangsri Trissadi Yan” and its Insights on Dhammakāya

Brief Content:  The room of Buddhaguṇa (p. 268) writes “…when Kāya “body” and Citta “mind” have yet attained Suka “happiness, the practitioner, then, views the dhammakāya which resides in the rūpakāya by following the sevenfold of Pojjhaṅgha “Factors of Awakening.” Since then the Citta would understand thoroughly the Rūpadhamma “physical phenomenon” and Nāmadhamma “intangible phenomenon.” […]

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History of Buddhism in Archaeological Perspectives

Dhammachai International Research Institute of Australia and New Zealand (DIRI) and its network organizations had organized a seminar about “Archaeological Perspectives on History of Buddhism & Recent Research on Dhammakaya and Boran Meditation Traditions”, on Sunday 20th April 2014.

Professor Doctor Zemaryalai Tarzi, the French Internationally Renowned Archaeologist, to be the lecturer on “History of Buddhism in Archaeological Perspectives”. Then it was the MoU Signing Ceremony between Ministry of Information and Culture of Afghanistan and DIRI/APAA Mission on Mes Aynak.

A Breakthroughs in the Discovery of Ancient Religious Manuscripts

Professor Garry W. Trompf, Emeritus Professor in the History of Ideas and Adjunct Professor in Peace and Conflict Sciences, University of Sydney, the keynote speaker of the Early Buddhist Manuscripts Seminar 2019. He presented ” A Breakthroughs in the Discovery of Ancient Religious Manuscripts”!

On the 27th of August at Castle 1 Lecture Theatre (CAST1), University of Otago, New Zealand. The seminar was organized by Religion Programme, University of Otago and Dhammachai International Research Institute (DIRI).