Exhibition

Thai Buddhist Tales

Stories along the Path to Enlightenment

Coming Soon

The Chester Beatty preserves an internationally important yet little known collection of Buddhist manuscripts from Thailand. Unfolding a selection of these books, this exhibition provides a rare opportunity to explore the Buddhist tales depicted within.

Extracts from the Pali canon (Tipitaka) and Qualities of the Buddha (Mahabuddhaguna)
Late 18th century
Thailand
CBL Thi 1341

Extracts from the Pali canon (Tipitaka) and Qualities of the Buddha (Mahabuddhaguna)
18th century
Thailand
CBL Thi 1344

Extracts of the Pali canon (Tipitaka) and Story of Phra Malai
Late 19th century
Thailand
CBL Thi 1323

Extracts from the Pali canon (Tipitaka) and Story of Phra Malai
1895
Thailand
CBL Thi 1318

Extracts from the Pali canon (Tipitaka) and Story of Phra Malai
Late 18th century
Thailand
CBL Thi 1328

Presented as colourful illustrations alongside sacred texts, some of the most popular stories found within Thai Buddhist manuscripts are the birth tales of the Buddha and the legend of the monk Phra Malai. From moral tales to noble quests, these pictures from the path to enlightenment offer an enchanting introduction to Thailand’s rich Buddhist heritage and its most cherished stories.


Thai Buddhist Tales: Stories along the Path to Enlightenment is supported by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation.

Highlights

  • List
  • Grid
  • Slideshow
  • Extracts from the Pali canon (Tipitaka) and Story of Phra Malai
    Mid or late 19th century
    Thailand
    CBL Thi 1315

    1 / 5

  • Extracts from the Pali canon (Tipitaka) and Story of Phra Malai
    1895
    Thailand
    CBL Thi 1318

    2 / 5

  • Extracts from the Pali canon (Tipitaka) and Story of Phra Malai
    Late 19th century
    Thailand
    CBL Thi 1323

    3 / 5

  • Extracts from the Pali canon (Tipitaka) and Story of Phra Malai
    Late 18th century
    Thailand
    CBL Thi 1328

    4 / 5

  • Extracts from the Pali canon (Tipitaka) and Qualities of the Buddha (Mahabuddhaguna)
    18th century
    Thailand
    CBL Thi 1344

    5 / 5

Open today 10am–5pm

Monday to Friday 10am–5pm
Saturday 11am–5pm
Sunday 1pm–5pm


Closed Mondays: Nov - Feb

**Closed 1 Jan; Good Friday; 24-26 Dec & Monday Public Holidays.**

Admission is free
Suggested donation €5

Map

Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92