Dear Friends of the OCBS
This year we decided to trial an online version of our Pali Summer School, with three courses delivered according to different time zones. So far this academic year, we have run it twice, with rave reviews. The third one will start on the 21st March, and if you are interested in attending you can find full details at http://ocbs.org/courses/pali-
We would also like to announce a special deal for alumni of the course. Places in March are available at half price – £250, for anyone who has already taken the course, and would like to refresh their skills.
For any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
With best wishes
Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies
Leigh Brasington recently passed along a useful tool for the Pāli student or sutta enthusiast. It’s a free extension for the Firefox web browser, written by Venerable Yuttadhammo, and the installation is quite simple. Here’s an excerpt from the website:
The Digital Pali Reader (DPR) is a tool in the form of a Mozilla Firefox extension, much like a hard-copy language reader, facilitating study of the Pali language at an advanced level. Rather than offering a translation for the text being read, a reader usually includes a dictionary with all of the difficult words found in the reader. The DPR differs from an ordinary reader in several respects:
- The DPR allows for instant lookup of words, simply by clicking on a word
in the passage being read. This avoids time spent looking for the word
in a hard-copy dictionary or in another place on one’s computer.
- The DPR has a built in search function similar to that of the CSCD. Whereas the CSCD allows for only global searches or searches of entire pitakas, the DPR provides Nikaya and Book searches as well.
- The dictionary files in the DPR were not designed specifically for the
purpose at hand, and of course word-to-definition matches are sometimes incorrect
due to imperfect
- The DPR includes several dictionaries: Pali-English, English-Pali, Pali proper names, and Concise Pali Dictionary. These dictionaries can be directly accessed from the control panel.
- The DPR has several useful auxiliary utilities, including:
- bookmark and quote clipboard for keeping important passages
- A Pali conversion utility that converts to and from Velthius, Unicode, and other scripts
- Random English quotes from Buddhavacana, by S. Dhammika
While the DPR is far from perfect, it is sure to be useful for intermediate Pali students who wish to advance their studies to a higher level.
The DPR has also been adapted for Android devices and the app was previously featured on evam.me’s Top Pāli Related Android Apps.