Occasionally, Buddhism has required a kind of renewal or refresh. With the decline of Buddhism in India, Sri Lanka became an important Buddhist center under the patronage of King Parakramabahu. Monks were sent from many countries to study the revised Canon there and to receive reordination. Some of these monks — both Sri Lankan and reordained Thai monks — first came to settle in Southern Thailand in Nakorn Sri Dhammaraja and their fame soon spread to Sukhothai. There is speculation as to whether or not the Supreme Patriarch chosen by King Ramkhamhaeng might have been one of these monks. Currently, versions of the Theravada Pali canon are still occasionally compared and studied for accuracy.

 
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