David N. Snyder wrote:It already exists:
I am not sure how it works with copyright laws. I haven't checked it out much. Maybe the contributors are monks and lay teachers well-versed in Pali doing their own translations? Not sure, but it does sound like a very good idea.
David N. Snyder wrote:In general though, most Theravada authors I have known are not possessive on copyright issues and want the Dhamma to be spread. Here is Bhikkhu Samahita's wise words about copyright:
mikenz66 wrote:2. It is most likely overkill to read all of the Suttas,
Ben wrote:It might be easier to learn Pali.
- just a thought!
adamposey wrote:Well, I think an ideal project would include scholars, bhikkus, and lay followers to appropriately translate the tipitaka. I think that project is a great start, but it doesn't look like it's caught on very well. Are there ways we could improve the project for them or work with them to improve it?
poto wrote:I agree, not everyone needs to read all of them, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have easy access to them.
adamposey wrote: But I still feel like the documents should be accesible for everyone who wants to use them.
mikenz66 wrote:Poto, Adam,poto wrote:I agree, not everyone needs to read all of them, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't have easy access to them.adamposey wrote: But I still feel like the documents should be accesible for everyone who wants to use them.
I do think it would be useful to have these texts more readily available in good English translations.
However, sometimes these conversations about the Tipitika remind me of my students, who feel very comfortable if they get a stack of hand-outs, imagining that somehow the ideas will just seep out of the notes and into their minds...
I'm veering off the topic here, but now that I am talking about studying I'll state my opinion that, rather than worrying about "collecting" the Tipitika, It would not be unreasonable to spend a year or two studying the small sample of Suttas collected by Bhikkhu Bodhi in "In the Buddha's Words". http://www.wisdompubs.org/Pages/display ... n=&image=1 It's about 500 pages, and studying it in detail (looking up other sources where appropriate, listening to Bhikkhu Bodhi's talks about it, and so on) would, I think, take an effort equivalent to a couple of first-year University papers.
poto wrote:... If this comes off as clinging or desirous please let me know, as that is not my intention.
adamposey wrote:Ben wrote:It might be easier to learn Pali.
- just a thought!
Haha! For us.. yeah probably. But I still feel like the documents should be accesible for everyone who wants to use them.
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