Pali Text Society
The Pali Text Society (PTS) is an association founded in 1881 by Thomas William Rhys Davids (1843–1922) in London for the scientific edition and translation of texts of the Buddhist Pali canon . It was the first organization to transcribe and translate this canon on a large scale.
The Journal of the Pali Text Society appears at irregular intervals from 1882, and revived after a long break since 1981 .
Fragile Palm Leaves Foundation
In 2001, the Fragile Palm Leaves Foundation was established under the auspices of the Pali Text Society . The aim is to improve the study of Buddhist literature in Southeast Asia . For this purpose u. a. the still existing texts, traditionally written down on palm leaves, collected and scanned in order to make them accessible for research. The stock of the existing manuscripts and texts amounted to 5-10,000 in July 2014.
President of the Pāli Text Society
Presidents of the Pāli Text Society since its inception:
- 1881–1922: Thomas William Rhys Davids (1843–1922) (founder)
- 1922–1942: Caroline Augusta Foley Rhys Davids (1857–1942)
- 1942–1950: William Henry Denham Rouse (1863–1950)
- 1950–1958: William Stede (1882–1958)
- 1959–1981: Isaline Blew Horner OBE (1896–1981)
- 1981–1994: Kenneth Roy Norman FBA (1925–)
- 1994–2002: Richard Francis Gombrich (1937–)
- 2002–2003: Lance Selwyn Cousins (1942–2015)
- 2003 – today: Rupert Mark Lovell Gethin (1957–)
- Website of the Pali Text Society (English)
- Open editions of the Journal of the Pali Text Society (1882-2006)
- Journal of the Pāli Text Society , Volume XXIX, pages ix – xii