Thanks to colonial-period connections not only with scholars and institutions in the Dutch East-Indies, but also with archaeologists in British India, the Leiden University library (UBL) holds a number of documents relevant to the study of Indonesian and Indian epigraphy.
According to Amarakośa 1.4.300 (syād dharmam astriyāṁ puṇyaśreyasī sukr̥taṁ vr̥ṣaḥ), śreyas is a synonym of dharma. Epigraphic occurrences of this usage seem to be rare. (No entry śreyas is given in D.C. Sircar’s Indian Epigraphical Glossary.)
This year, the Yaśodharāśrama Research Program conducted excavations in Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. The program is co-directed by Dominique Soutif (EFEO), Julia Estève (Mahidol), Chea Socheat (APSARA) and Edward Swenson (University of Toronto) and funded this year by the Excavations Commission of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the DHARMA project (ERC n° 809994) and the Hal Jackman foundation.
dharma-yuvamahārāja-śrī-viṣṇugopa “The glorious Viṣṇugopa, Crown prince [according to] dharma” Uruvupalli copper-plate grant, Andhra Pradesh, India, 5th c. DHARMA/EIAD/PALLAVA6p3r4=16
Photo by Emmanuel Francis 2017 ◊ Courtesy of University Library of Edinburgh
The DHARMA Project had scheduled its 3rd General Assembly and a 3-day workshop at Boulevard Raspail from March 16th to 18th. Due to corona-virus the initial programme has been adapted to videoconference. The 3rd General Assembly took place on Monday 16th while the PIs and engineers had a full-day discussion on Tuesday 17th.