Collection of rules for Buddhist monks


This palm leaf manuscript contains Bhikkhu Patimokkha and Bhikkhuni Patimokkha (rules to be obeyed in communities of monks and nuns respectively).

What do we know about the manuscript?

The edges of the leaves are gilt, and the volume is elegantly inscribed in black ink, with Burmese square script. The margins of the opening and closing leaves record the sponsorship of King Mindon of Burma (r.1853–1878), founder of Mandalay or ‘City of Gems’. The edges of the leaves are gilt and some blank leaves at the beginning, in the middle and at the end are stuck together with string. The leaves are bound between gilt boards with red ornaments.

What is Bhikkhu Patimokkha?

Bhikkhus (ordained male monastics) follow certain sets of rules laid down in the Patimokkha. The word ‘patimokkha’ refers to the two sets of codified rules that govern the monks’ and nuns’ lives. A bhikkhu is expected to observe all 227 rules of monastic discipline.

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Full title:
Bhikkhupātimokkha and Bhikkhunīpātimokkha
19th century
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
IO Man/Pali 20

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