Is there a nice "literary" map of early Buddhism?

Ha ha, I know exactly how you feel! I hope you get the chance to find freedom. :pray:


Alright, I‘m back! (If you‘re wondering, it was great. Had some nice conversations and met people with an impressive je ne sais quois about them. Keeping eight precepts and being somewhat secluded, with people who preferred silence over idle talk, far from being hard as I thought initially, was more like exiting a crowded room full of people screaming at each other. Now my inner voices were the only ones screaming, usually at a lower volume, too, and it was such a relief… immediately made my practice like a gazillion times better :grin: Probably not the place I‘ll ordain, but the monastic life in general seems pretty awesome.)
Anyway. Finishing touches, reverting the diacritic mark on Vajji, clearing space around the lettering, coming up. Anything else before the ink hits the paper?


One of the best descriptions of monastic life I have ever heard.

No, that sounds about right. Looking forward to it.

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I hereby relinquish possession of this work by releasing it under a CC0 license :grin:
Some stuff might look a bit funky because of Inkscape’s bitmap tracing (and my somewhat shaky hands :sweat_smile: ), which is, on the whole, pretty good, but needs a bit of tweaking. If you notice anything too off, I can re-tweak it.

This is a PNG of the vector I’ve made. Discourse won’t take either SVG or ZIP files, though :roll_eyes: Anywhere else I can upload it?


Mega (or Google Drive, etc) might be best to ensure the file isn’t mangled by an image “optimization” algorithm.

Indeed the image you uploaded here came out far too low resolution to use in print.

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That was just a preview. I’ve uploaded the vector file now, which can be scaled to any size at all.


Awesome! :sunglasses: Oh man, I love it! A perfect balance of precision and character. Sādhu!


I’ve also taken the liberty of putting it up on the World Wide Web here in case that’s useful…


Many thanks! Wonderful! :pray:

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I get to upload zip files, admin rights I guess, so here it is: (918.2 KB)

Awesome work as always!

I realize though that we lost sight of one of our original design guidelines: don’t put text over the spine of the book. Here’s a mockup.

And here’s an adjusted version, with a few cut and pastes in GIMP:

I moved:

  • Sarabu
  • Vaccha
  • Kosala
  • Pancala
  • Kosambi
  • Dakkhinagiri

And adjusted a few trees and rivers along the way. Looking at it now, probably Pancala and Vaccha should be moved a little further out of the spine.

What do you think Jonas? Can we make these changes in the svg?


Whoops! Completely forgot about that :sweat_smile:

Sure thing. I‘ll have it done soon!


So very grateful for your work.

But a little request, if it doesn’t require too much of your time – could we have a map without geographical features? No mountains? No forests? Rivers are good, but mountains and forests are really in my way of finding things.

Please forgive a simple old lady who prefers a simple thing.

Again, anumodana for all your hard work. :pray:

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Something like this? Thanks Jonas! Awesome work!


Very nice, thank you!


I can see a lot of remixes coming up! I tried throwing it into Midjourney, but it as way too imaginative. I wanted to see if it would color it in different styles, but I just got junk.

Thank you so much, @Danny , @jonas and Bhante @sujato

I want maps as illustrations for suttas, esp. Mahāparinibbāna Sutta. :slight_smile:

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@Jonas @Danny

Here’s my attempt to highlight the relevant places to the sutta.

There’s definitely a case for making some more specialized maps, to, but I don’t want to scare Jonas!


I’ll make some simple adjustments (using Paint – I know it’s for children…) and post here. :slight_smile:

I hope @jonas wouldn’t hit himself on the head upon seeing my simplistic attempt. :grin:


I am really stupid when it comes to technology. I can’t replace the names Malla and Māgadha with different colours. This is to make it easier for readers to find the starting and end points of the Buddha’s last journey: Rājagaha and Kusināra.

Then, another map with Vajji and Vesali vs Rājagaha and Māgadha.

I give up!