Sri Lanka Tipitaka Project
The input of the entirety of the words of the Buddha and his immediate disciples, as preserved in the Sri Lankan version of the Pali Tripitaka, was completed at the Siri Vajirañana Dharmayatanaya, Bhikkhu Training Center, Maharagama, Sri Lanka in 1994. The texts, consisting of an estimated thirty-five million characters, were keyed in over a period of three years, commencing in 1991. The edition used as the basis for this was the Buddha Jayanti Tripitaka Series in fifty-eight volumes, published under the patronage of the government of Sri Lanka (Ceylon) during the 1960s and 1970s. The project was carried out under the auspices of Venerable Madihe Paññasiha Maha Nayaka Thera, Head of the Amarapura branch of the Buddhist Sangha in Sri Lanka, with financial sponsorship from the Chandraratne family.
During the initial phase of the project a special Microsoft DOS™ based computer program was also developed to search for and view passages of the texts, in both Sinhala and Roman scripts.
The semi-proof-read data was placed on the JBE websites in text format, for downloading to both Macintosh and Windows computers. It is freely available for non-commercial purposes as public domain material under the terms of GNU license.
Sasana Sevaka Society (Colombo branch)
In 1996 the project of SLTP was taken to the Colombo branch of Sasana Sevaka Society where further proof reading was going on untill the last update with was done in 1999 where we put the last text onto the JBE server and sent copies for inclusion in the VRI CD.
Sri Lanka Tripitaka Project
Ven. R. Subhuti
Ven. D. Vimalananda, (Project Leader) Ven. Prof. Dhammavihari (Senior Advisor) L.S.Cousins Editorial Coordinator (International)
Editorial Coordinator (Sri Lanka)
Ven. T. Ananda Ven. T.Dhammavansa Ven. H. Sumanasiri Ven. K.Dhammaloka Ven. D. Bodhisiha Ven. M. Anuruddha Ven. K. Vidhura Ven. T.Candakitti
Burmese Variant readings
Ven U Jotika. Ven U Indobhasa
Mr. C. Witanachchi, Head of the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Peradeniya.
Dr. P. D.Premasiri, Professor of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Peradeniya
A further project to input the text of the commentaries (from the Simon Hewavitarne Bequest edition), consisting of approximately fifty volumes.
Postal Address 380 / 9 Sarana Road, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone + 94 1 68 9388