Of course they can. It is unlikely (and unecessary) that anybody will read the entire Pali Canon anyway.songhill wrote:Those who are seriously interested in Buddhism can't learn it via ATI.
As for having to buy books, some of us do not have the luxury of having enough (spare) money to invest in purchasing the entire Pali Canon texts, some of us have barely enough/not enough money to cover their living costs.You have to buy the books...
songhill wrote:Accesstoinsight (hereafter ATI), which these days seems to be the goto Buddhist Internet site for cash strapped Buddhists, hosts an incomplete Pali canon.
The readings assembled here represent just a selection of the Buddha's teachings. These are the ones that, over the years, I've personally found to be helpful in deepening an understanding of Dhamma practice. This collection is not meant to be an exhaustive archive of Theravada Buddhist texts.
My dear songhill, If I had the money I would too. I could think of nothing better than to have the entire Pali Canon sitting here in my study/shrine room so I could better serve the members of this site and my students. Unfortunately Greece is currently in the middle of an economic depression and it has been two years since I have had a steady minimum income (680 USD per month), so... Even with this income, as you can imagine, given that basic food and other essential items in Greece are the most expensive in Europe, it doesn't leave one with much slack at the end of the month.songhill wrote:I support scholars and translators, and hand out small scholarships. I have no problems with most translations. I read the Pali along with them (I can get by). I would encourage everyone to buy The Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A translation of the Majjhima Nikaya by Bhikkhu Nnamoli and Bhikkhu Bodhi. Like I.B. Horner they have both read the commentarial literature which is cited in the notes. It's is a real help. The Buddhas have blessed me with the ability to have a rather awesome personal library. Having said that, we have to support our translators. Personally, I don't care if they are Theravadin or an upper graduate student. They are helping the Dharma, and I feel the need to buy their works.
Roland wrote:I second that recommendation. Before I knew anything about the Buddha or any of the teachings, I was for some reason drawn to Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A translation of the Majjhima Nikaya. It ended up being the first book I owned when I started to investigate the teachings. I'm very glad to have had it as the first book.
songhill wrote:Roland wrote:I second that recommendation. Before I knew anything about the Buddha or any of the teachings, I was for some reason drawn to Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha: A translation of the Majjhima Nikaya. It ended up being the first book I owned when I started to investigate the teachings. I'm very glad to have had it as the first book.
Great! I remember when I was in the U.S. Navy (67-71) only making chump change for a salary, I bought I.B. Horner's three volume translation of the Middle Length Discourses. I still have them. When my fellow anchor-clankers were spending all they had on tattoos, I was buying Sutras. I bought my first copy of The Zen Teaching of Huang-Po at City Lights Book Store!
gregkavarnos wrote:... Access to Insight and other (kindly provided) free and legitimate Dhamma and Dharma sources.