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A New Critical Edition of the Pali Canon? - Dhamma Wheel

A New Critical Edition of the Pali Canon?

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A New Critical Edition of the Pali Canon?

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Re: A New Critical Edition of the Pali Canon?

Postby mikenz66 » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:01 am

Sounds good. However, serious translators such as Bhikkhu Bodhi already make use of PTS, Burmese, and Sri Lankan versions.

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Re: A New Critical Edition of the Pali Canon?

Postby Sylvester » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:19 am

Hee hee. That's true, but I suspect this critical edition will become the "One Ring" to rule them all. I only hope Dr Wynne's academic mettle proves strong enough to stand up to any bias.

With luck, it will be more open than the 6th Council edition at VRI, which does take note of some variant readings.

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Re: A New Critical Edition of the Pali Canon?

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Re: A New Critical Edition of the Pali Canon?

Postby Sylvester » Fri Jun 21, 2013 1:27 am

Bhante

The comparison of the "6th" council to Rama I's council looks reasonable. Both happened after tremendous political change and handover of power. However, I wonder if the council called in Rama's case was not also intended to build up some good kamma to dilute the regicide of his predecessor? Hmm, perhaps coming full circle, now that Thaksin's clan might be doing something to bring Taksin's curse on the dynasty to fruition....

I think (leaving aside all suspicions of a Dhammakaya conspiracy or a Thaksin plot), what catalysed the interest in a new critical edition of the texts was the discovery of hitherto unseen hordes of manuscripts in the North, the former Lanna stronghold. Pop into Google and you'll find a flurry of academic output on these finds, ranging from textual analyses, orthography, manuscript production techniques etc etc. Here's a nice summary from Oskar Von Hinüber, also on the Dhammachai advisory board -

http://www.siamese-heritage.org/jsspdf/ ... ailand.pdf

The Thai (or the Lannas) can now claim to have the oldest dated Pali manuscript; perhaps this source of national pride was one of the motivators?

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Re: A New Critical Edition of the Pali Canon?

Postby gavesako » Fri Jun 21, 2013 5:24 am

It actually fits together quite well, the Thaksin clan being from Chiang Mai and having their stronghold up there. Traditionally there is a high respect for Pali scholarship in northern Thailand and it is not regarded as separate from the meditation tradition (even the new bhikkhunis in Chom Thong are very serious about studying Suttas and Abhidhamma together with Vinaya and meditation techniques). This, of course, can be taken advantage of by the Dhammakaya sect which is based in Bangkok and rather alien to the north, but it making inroads pretty much everywhere now due to its financial power.
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Re: A New Critical Edition of the Pali Canon?

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Re: A New Critical Edition of the Pali Canon?

Postby Ajatashatru » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:15 pm

What is all of yours opinion on the Palicanon.org website? How do you rate the translations?

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