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it´s not only importand which translation of the Pali-Conon is well done.
The quality of translation depends on the qualifikation in Pali, from the translater.
As i know from the translation of Kai Zumwinkel, that he´s translating a version of Pali-Canon that is based on fairy-tales und sagas.
The second german edition is from K.E. Neumann. For being adoctor of indology und several travellings to cloisters in Shri Lanca and London, he also
embodied the historicals facts that were found out of this time.
In his language he is very precise.
I don´t know no Englisch translation so i can´t esteem the value of these translations.
Alobha wrote:Hey everyone,
I decided that i want to study the palicanon in english from now on. Almost all dhammatexts I read are english and I rarely felt comfortable with the german translations of the palicanon.
So I wonder if people could give me advice on which palicanon translation is considered the "best".
For the start i'm looking for good translations of the Samyutta Nikaya, Digha Nikaya and the Majjhima Nikaya.
Are the translations of Thanissaro Bhikkhu the "Gold standard ?
A flaw I encountered in german translations is the sometimes inconsistent or unclear translation of paliterms. I'd prefer a consistent use of terms or, even better, an index for chosen translation for core paliterms. For example if dosa is sometimes translated as hatred, sometimes as ill-will, sometimes as rejection, sometimes as grudge then I find it hard to learn the more systematic connections.
So, if you have any experience what's not just good for a good read, but actually useful for learning about the Dhamma systematically, i'd appreciate your input!