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Online Sutta Correspondence Project

Published on 2012/04/03, by in Utterances.

A wonderful resource for studying the Buddhist texts is SuttaCentral. The Online Sutta Correspondence Project has a full collection of Pali texts with handy PDFs available for download.  In addition to the PDF version of the canon, SuttaCentral offers for download a cross-reference cheat sheet that I’ve found handy for finding a given sutta within the Pali Text Society’s volumes.  For example MN 2, Sabbasava, is located in the PTS MN I 6.  From the website:

This facility enables one to identify the Chinese, Tibetan, and Sanskrit “parallels” or “counterparts” to the suttas of the four main Pali Nikayas – or vice versa. It is designed for those whose interest in the Early Buddhist discourses extends beyond the limits of the Pali Sutta-piṭaka to include the extensive corresponding materials found elsewhere: the Agamas and individual sutras preserved in Chinese, the occasional sutra translations contained in the Tibetan Kanjur, and the numerous published fragments of sutras in Sanskrit and related languages. It is an up-dated and revised successor to Akanuma’s Comparative Catalogue of Chinese Agamas & Pali Nikayas (1929), and is the natural starting point in navigating around this vast mass of textual material.

As well as showing the correspondences as described above, Sutta Central allows one to access the texts directly in their original language (Pali, Chinese, etc.) and, where available, in modern language translation (e.g., English, French, German, Spanish).

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Digital Pali Dictionaries for Windows (compatible with Wine)

Published on 2012/03/28, by in Tech.

During the Introduction to Pali Language and Literature, taught by Andrew Olendski of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS) in the last months of 2010, Leigh Brasington and I adapted the Pali Text Society’s classic Pali English dictionary for use in his Unicode Document Processor (UDP) application.  The installation is pretty straightforward and the interaction with the dictionary quite powerful.  Leigh has instructions on his website (http://www.leighb.com/glossary.htm).

This digital edition of the PALI TEXT SOCIETY‘s PALI-ENGLISH DICTIONARY by RHYS DAVIDS was created by extracting the data from the University of Chicago’s on-line version of the PALI-ENGLISH DICTIONARY and converting it to this format. Every effort has been made to have this digital edition match the printed version as closely as possible.

The UDP adaptation of the PTS dictionary is superior in many ways to its original print form and the various digital formats including PDF, HTML, and the searchable on-line version by the Univ. of Chicago mentioned above.  In the study of suttas and translation efforts using the printed PTS one needs familiarity with the ordering of the Pali alphabet to locate words (or perhaps a cheat sheet).  Flipping through pages and locating the closest definitions can be arduous and if one desires to glean more information by examining the definition of a synonym it can be difficult to switch back and forth.  A digital version of the dictionary eliminates the need to have mastery of the Pali alphabet by providing a search functionality as well as an index by letter.  The UDP PTS contains “quick links” to each of the letters in the romanized Pali alphabet as well as the original PTS pages numbers from the printed text.  Another nice feature which is not available on the University of Chicago site is the ability to ignore diacriticals when searching and to easily input diacriticals by typing Ctrl-d followed by the desired diacritical hotkey for example Ctrl-d n s renders the small letter n with a dot below.

To better use this dictionary, you should click Options > Advanced and check the Ignore Case for Finding & Selecting checkbox.

When using Search > Find and Search > Select, you may want also check the IgnoreDiac checkbox if you are unsure of the correct diacriticals for the word you are interested in.

If you are looking for a specific page, enter into the head word field: ” — ” followed by the page number (e.g. ” — 500″ takes you to page 500). Notice the key is space-dash-dash-space-pagenumber. Similarly ” — ” followed by a letter will take you to the first word for that letter. Or you can just use the jump tables in the next — Quick Jump Links — record.

The aforementioned features alone are sufficient to surpass the other digital versions of the PTS.  UDP PTS doesn’t stop there, however, one can quickly jump to another word in the dictionary by highlighting the word, right-clicking, and selecting “Lookup Marked Text”.  A convenient “back” button located on the command bar allows one to step back to the previous definition or occurrence.  Additionally, a feature labeled “Lookup Marked Text Externally” allows one to lookup the word in another dictionary such as the one by Nyanatiloka Mahathera (also available for download on Leigh’s site).

Lastly, the etymology of words are highlighted in red to easily differentiate from the actual definition.  Errata from the original scans of the PTS into digital form have been corrected in this edition.  Leigh has also provided digital versions of the Mettanet-Lanka Pali-English Dictionary, the classic Buddhist Dictionary by Nyanatiloka, a Glossary of Pali and Buddhist terms from Access to Insight, and the Concise English-Pali Dictionary by Venerable A.P. Buddhadatta Mahathera.

The dictionary runs natively on the Microsoft Windows platform and runs on Linux through the Wine API .

 

Taken from Leigh Brasington’s PTS notes on the digital edition — http://www.leighb.com/glossary.htm
Taken from Leigh Brasington’s PTS notes on the digital edition — http://www.leighb.com/glossary.htm
For more information on Wine check out the Wikipedia article — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wine_(software)
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Pali Primer by Lily de Silva

Published on 2012/03/25, by in Books.

A tried and true classic among Pali primers.

Pali Primer Pali PrimerDr. Lily de Silva; Vipassana Research Institute Publications 1994WorldCatLibraryThingGoogle BooksBookFinder 

Available for download as a PDF: Pali Primer by Lily de Silva, M.A., Ph.D. (PDF)

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