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Majjhima Nikaya in Brahmi script

Postby Kare » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:52 am

Incredible! Now the Majjhima Nikaya has been published in Brahmi!



What a strange book. It is probably the only book - in print - written in the ancient Brahmi alphabet. If that is not weird enough, the text of this book is in Pali, the language of the Buddha. No one knows for sure, but everything points to the fact that this alphabet was known at the time of the Buddha. Of course the discourses of spiritual leaders were written down much later, but if someone ever would have taken notes listening to the Buddha - this is probably how it would have looked.

How can a publisher expect to make money on such a publication? It is a totally crazy, totally wonderful idea!

But who is crazy enough to buy it? I, for one. I ordered a copy as soon as I saw it. :reading: :rolleye:
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Re: Majjhima Nikaya in Brahmi script

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:59 am

Greetings Kare,

That is indeed quite cool. 8-)

Perhaps it would fall within the realms of "Fair Use" for you to scan a page for us, so we can see what it looks like, when it arrives? I for one would be curious to see a page.

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya in Brahmi script

Postby Ben » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:01 am

Dear Kare

Thanks for being crazy enough to let us know.
In future, I'll expect MN quotes from you in English, romanized pali and Brahmi-pali!
kind regards

Ben
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Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Majjhima Nikaya in Brahmi script

Postby daverupa » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:02 am

There's a preview function at the link, and a few pages in you can see an example.

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya in Brahmi script

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:10 am

Indeed you can... thanks guys.

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"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya in Brahmi script

Postby Kori » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:15 am

Peeking through the book, Brahmi script really looks alien! Being a language nut that may be something fun for me to look into one of these days... I'm already trying to learn Pāḷi :lol: If I had the money, I'd definitely be crazy enough to buy it ^^

Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya in Brahmi script

Postby Kare » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:20 am

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Postby Kare » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:27 am

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya in Brahmi script

Postby Ben » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:29 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
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loud gush the streamlets,
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- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya in Brahmi script

Postby Kare » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:34 am

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya in Brahmi script

Postby Ben » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:40 am

:rolleye:
Oh wait, MN131 did you say??

A Single Excellent Night (Bhaddekaratta Sutta)

Let not a person revive the past
Or on the future build his hopes
For the past has been left behind
And the future has not been reached.
Instead with inisight let him see
Each presently arisen state
Let him know that and be sure of it
Invincibly, unshakably.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
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- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya in Brahmi script

Postby retrofuturist » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:44 am

"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh

"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)

"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead" - Thomas Paine

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya in Brahmi script

Postby Kare » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:47 am

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya in Brahmi script

Postby Ben » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:50 am

Am I? I'm sure I transcribed from Bhikkhu Bodhi's trans. of MN131 (p 1039).
Mind you, someone could have slipped a magic mushroom into my mycoprotein dinner...
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Majjhima Nikaya in Brahmi script

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:17 pm

Life is too short for this. The Pali texts are available in Roman script (and most other scripts that you might know better). Learn to read and understand Pali rather than learning some obsolete script.
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