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Oxford Pali Online School March 2016

Published on 2016/03/11, by in News.

This just in:OCBS Pali Course

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-online-school/.

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 steven.egan@ocbs.org.

With best wishes

Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies

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Digital Pāli Reader

Published on 2014/07/03, by in Tech.

 

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:

Digital Pali Reader

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
    analysis.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

 

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Pali diacriticals for PuTTY

Published on 2013/07/15, by in Tech.

I recently needed the ability to view Pali diacriticals on a remote shell session using the PuTTY application. The following steps were performed on a Windows 8 system.

  • Download and install PuTTY
  • Download and install the DejaVu Sans Mono fonts
    • Extract the archive with 7-Zip
    • Select the four monospace fonts, right-click, and Install
  • Launch PuTTY and edit/create a saved session
    • From the Window Appearance category, Change the font to DejaVu Sans Mono
    • From the Window Translation category, select UTF-8 from the remote character set pull-down
    • Within the Connection Data category, add a LANG environment variable with the value en_US.UTF-8
    • Save the session

 

Putty font selection

 

PuTTY translation UTF-8

 

PuTTY LANG environment variable

 

 

Pali in PuTTY

 

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