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Sutta Citation Styles Differences Driving Me Nuts! - Dhamma Wheel

Sutta Citation Styles Differences Driving Me Nuts!

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Sutta Citation Styles Differences Driving Me Nuts!

Postby danieLion » Sat Oct 15, 2011 5:57 am

This is probably a basic question. Using the Satipatthana Sutta as an example, why do some authors usually just cite it as just MN 10 (e.g., Thanissaro) while other authors cite it just as M I 55-63 (e.g., Analayo), and yet others cite it as both (e.g., Bodhi)? It makes following and comparing references frustrating! Anyone know any heuristics for this, preferably non-digital and/or off-line?

On a related topic: I'm going to start purchasing Sutta Collections books, e.g., I'm looking at Bodhi's Majjhima Nikaya translation to start. How's that sit with the experts? Does the same go for his Anguttara Nikaya and Digha Nikayha translations?

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Re: Sutta Citation Styles Differences Driving Me Nuts!

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:58 am

Greetings,

Indeed, an online translation conversion number table would be handy.

Like one that converts Centigrade to Fahrenheit, or metric measures to imperial ones.

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Re: Sutta Citation Styles Differences Driving Me Nuts!

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:50 am

Greetings Mike,

I just tried entering MN i 1 and it didn't bring back anything... maybe I'm not doing it right. Can you explain how to use the site in such a way as to return the corresponding alternative sutta reference codes?

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"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: Sutta Citation Styles Differences Driving Me Nuts!

Postby danieLion » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:10 am

You guys are awesome. Thanks.
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Re: Sutta Citation Styles Differences Driving Me Nuts!

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:43 am

Greetings Mike,

Ah yes, thanks... selecting "Abbreviation and number" did the trick.

I think I might have a bit of a play with this... :ugeek:

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"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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