Seeking references to online commentaries

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Seeking references to online commentaries

Postby Paul Davy » Sun Aug 16, 2009 12:07 am


As some of you may know, I maintain the Google Saffron Theravada Search Engine (see my signature).

It occurred to me after reading a post at Dhamma Wheel, that there don't seem to be very many traditional Theravada commentaries online, in the English language. A result of this unintented, yet restricted access to the Commentaries, many things said about them come to be either generalisations, and are difficult to argue for or against in the absence of specific references, whether they are correct or otherwise.

I was hoping it might be possible to remedy this informational black hole to some extent by referencing, within the Google Saffron search engine, as many English language commentaries as known to us. Even if you only know of original Pali versions online, that would surely be beneficial too. Not only will this benefit users of the search engine, but the "hits" generated, will also make this information easier to find for other, more general, Google users.

Please add your links here, and if they're not yet in Google Saffron, I will make them so.

Thank you.


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Re: Seeking references to online commentaries

Postby Macavity » Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:45 am

For the romanized Pali text of the Tipitaka and its commentaries and sub-commentaries:

Ñanamoli's translation of the Sammaditthi Sutta and commentary:

Soma's translation of the Satipatthana Sutta and commentary:

Burlingame's translation of the Dhammapada commentary (3 volumes, only the stories and verses, not the word glosses):

T.W. Rhys Davids translation of the Nidanakatha (Buddhaghosa's preface to the Jataka stories):

Cowell's translation of the Jataka stories (this html edition is a work in progress, but scanned copies of the complete stories can be found elsewhere):

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Re: Seeking references to online commentaries

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:56 pm

these links I came across in a group a couple of days ago! don't know about the copyright of them as the main sight is in russian!,V ... a,1961.pdf ... i,1991.pdf
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(The Lord Buddha responded) The malicious, or the inwardly angry, and the one with (blind) faith or the one who holds things incorrectly.
Mendicants, these two [types of persons] defame the Tathāgata.”
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