What would you recommend for beginners?

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What would you recommend for beginners?

Postby Coyote » Sat Jun 14, 2014 2:48 pm

I have some free time at the moment, and am going to start to learn Pali based on Bhikkhu Bodhi's lectures. Gair and Karunatillake's book seems essential, but I wonder about other resources. I have studied languages before so I don't feel I need to refresh my grammar (unless you feel it would be good?), so Collin's Pali grammar might be unnecessary. There are so many resources, so what is recommended? A dictionary, for example, would be useful, be there are several online. I hope to use this forum to help me along, may it be an enjoyable and fruitful journey.
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Re: What would you recommend for beginners?

Postby Mkoll » Sat Jun 14, 2014 7:56 pm

I seem to recall Ven. Bodhi saying in his first Pali lecture that it might be a good idea to start with something like A Pali Primer by Lily De Silva before going into his lectures. But I may be mistaken.
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Re: What would you recommend for beginners?

Postby Derek » Sun Jun 15, 2014 1:55 am

The PTS Pali-English dictionary is useful to have in print, but if you're only just starting, it will likely be several months of hard work before you need it. I used the Geiger/Norman grammar.

As for learning online, there used to be a highly active Yahoo Pali group, where learners at various stages would help each other and even cooperate on joint translations. I don't think there's much activity on it now.

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Re: What would you recommend for beginners?

Postby Coyote » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:09 am

Thanks both. There are several online courses, including Lily De Silva's primer, which I can start while I wait for the book to arrive.
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