Kenshou wrote:Kare wrote:If you buy these four volumes, you will only need Warder, "Introduction to Pali" and the PTS Pali-English Dictionary. Then you can read the real texts for yourself, and quit the endless search for "the best translation".
How realistic of a suggestion is this? Is that book comprehensive enough to allow you understand the pali of the nikayas? I've heard it's not so bad, but hell if I know.
If it -really- is, then that's a good idea. I'm familiar with elementary Sanskrit and getting into Pali, and if that's possible..... I might just do it.
In my view it is very realistic, since Warder was my entry into the Nikayas. Apart from some easy practice-sentences in the first lessons, Warder quickly makes the student read extracts from the Digha Nikaya - short ones at first, but then progressively longer and longer. When you have worked you way through Warder, you will be quite familiar with the Nikaya language.