This collection of articles marks the launch of the Journal of the Dhammachai International Research Institute (JDIRI). The articles presented here indicate some of the perspectives on Buddhism that the journal intends to represent. It will feature articles that investigate all aspects of studies into Early Buddhism, with particular emphasis on the discovery and study of old manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts are copies of discourses from the Pāli canon. Others are extra-canonical Southeast Asian meditation manuals. The latter tend to relate to esoteric methodologies, as well as presenting exoteric notions from the vināya, the suttas and the abhidhamma. The former present researchers with the opportunity to examine early palm-leaf versions of canonical texts, many of which are often subjected to esoteric interpretations.

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