The Fragile Palm Leaves Foundation is a non-profit foundation based in Bangkok, Thailand. It developed from the Fragile Palm Leaves manuscript preservation project, which began in Bangkok in 1994. The project became a registered foundation under Thai law on February 21, 2001 (Registration No. To. 66/2544).
Its aim is to preserve Buddhist manuscripts and make them available through replication. The project’s collection includes manuscripts in Pali and in several South East Asian languages, such as Burmese, Shan, Tai Khun, Tai Lue, and Mon. These manuscripts are in a variety of formats, primarily on palm leaf but also on paper and other materials. The project seeks to promote awareness of preservation, and exchange information with other projects in the region.
The Fragile Palm Database is a resource tool that gives titles and other details for a large collection of palm-leaf manuscripts in the Pali language and Burmese script and in the Burmese language.
BDRC is working in partnership with the Fragile Palm Leaves Foundation team to scan, catalog, and make accessible the Fragile Palm Leaves collection.