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Ben wrote: Its still only in recent memory that the Catholic mass was still being officiated in Latin.
And when Vatican II dumped Latin, they lost something significant.
What is the use of his knowledge
pertaining to the number of insects in the whole world?
Rather, inquire into his knowledge of
that which is to be practised by us
This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond.
SN I, 38.
Níl sa saol seo ach ceo
There is naught in this life but mist
Is ní bheimid beo ach seal beag gearr.
And we will not be alive but a short hard time.
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I was too young to remember Vatican II, though I thought I would never hear the end of it from the priests when I was at school.
During the program last week they interviewed the priest who is charged with promoting the use of Latin in the Vatican and was previously at a univeristy close to you, I think, Tilt. What he was saying about the unique qualities of the language rings true with your statement above. Having never studied Latin, for a brief period last week, I wish I had. To be able to read Cicero and Caesar in Latin must be incredible. And I hear its also good for improving one's command of English and all things biblical.
Anyway, back to kamma.
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Kamma in Sinhala is කම්ම.
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