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The Status Of The Pali Canon

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The Status Of The Pali Canon

Postby Jhana4 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:14 pm

Has the entire Pali Canon been translated into English?

If so, have all the translations been done by the same person or group? Has it been translated into other languages?
If not, is it fair to say that the most important parts of the Pali Canon have been translated into English or are there still significant nuggets left to be dug out?

Any opinions about the quality of the various English translations available?


Is the entire Pali Canon online? A significant portion of what is available in English or is there still a long way to go?

Is there a museum one can go to see the actual palm leaf copies of the Pali Canon?
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: The Status Of The Pali Canon

Postby Alex123 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:29 pm

"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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Re: The Status Of The Pali Canon

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:33 pm

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Re: The Status Of The Pali Canon

Postby Jhana4 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:03 pm

Fascinating. I thought that the leaves were plated in gold, so why would wilting be a problem?

I find the writing of the canon on leaves to be interesting. Do you know anything of the technical details? I'm guessing that they don't just pull a green leaf off of a tree and begin grinding a ball point pen into it. Do they use a particular dimension of palm leaf? A particular type? Do they treat the leaves? What tools do they use for the writing?

It is amazing to picture those gold pressed ancient leaves bound together in stacks on one end and the possibility of the entire canon fitting onto a thumb drive on a key chain at the other end.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: The Status Of The Pali Canon

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:17 pm

Here is a great power point presentation with some photos showing how they write on the ola leaves:

www.justbegood.net/E-Learning/05.3%20The%20Tipitaka.pps
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Re: The Status Of The Pali Canon

Postby Jhana4 » Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:52 pm

That was fantastic. Thank you David!
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.

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Re: The Status Of The Pali Canon

Postby gavesako » Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:58 am

This is a good resource: http://www.yellowrobe.com/
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Re: The Status Of The Pali Canon

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Re: The Status Of The Pali Canon

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