Quick question about the size of the Pali Canon

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Re: Quick question about the size of the Pali Canon

Postby zavk » Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:51 am

I can imagine some Christians--perhaps when travelling in an unfamiliar place--sleeping with a bible under the pillow. Not quite possible for a Buddhist, is it? :)
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Re: Quick question about the size of the Pali Canon

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:07 am

Greetings zavk,

More chance of making a futon out of it. Maybe even a high and luxurious bed?

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Re: Quick question about the size of the Pali Canon

Postby jcsuperstar » Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:35 am

i think this is the secret to why there are more christians in the world; less books to carry to catechism class :tongue:
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Re: Quick question about the size of the Pali Canon

Postby Individual » Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:57 am

Also, actually attempting to memorize it all would give you a cranial protrusion.
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Re: Quick question about the size of the Pali Canon

Postby retrofuturist » Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:09 am

Greetings Individual,

Individual wrote:Also, actually attempting to memorize it all would give you a cranial protrusion.


Yeah, with little USB memory sticks poking out of your frontal lobe. :tongue:

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Re: Quick question about the size of the Pali Canon

Postby MMK23 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:58 am

zavk wrote:I can imagine some Christians--perhaps when travelling in an unfamiliar place--sleeping with a bible under the pillow. Not quite possible for a Buddhist, is it? :)


Yes but some of the commentaries are very portable :-)
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Re: Quick question about the size of the Pali Canon

Postby jcsuperstar » Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:53 am

also the dhammapada
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Re: Quick question about the size of the Pali Canon

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:18 pm

You can find some statistics here.
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Re: Quick question about the size of the Pali Canon

Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Jun 09, 2009 8:08 pm

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:You can find some statistics here.
A Fabulous Memory
Sayādaw U Vicittasāra Mingun Sayādaw


Thanks Bhante for that. I knew there was at least one monk that had memorized just about the entire Canon, but did not have the source/link.

So according to that link about 16,000 pages for the Canon and 17,917 for the commentaries. :reading:

On another note, it gives credence to the fact that the Canon could be memorized and can be authentic even though it was oral for over 300 years. This is just what one man memorized, whereas the Canon was first recited by 500 arahants.
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Re: Quick question about the size of the Pali Canon

Postby Digger » Wed Sep 08, 2010 11:46 pm

Sorry I am really late to this topic (new member to this board) but I'd like to add something related I saw. There are savants with incredible memory ability. Many are autistic or have other disabilities but there are some without any noticable disabilities. I saw a TV show about Daniel Tammet ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Tammet ) who can recite Pi from memory to 22,514 digits, learn and speak fluently a foreign language in a week, etc. Surely the Pali text would be something one with this type of ability could memorize and recite.
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