Pali word association game

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Pali word association game

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:39 am

How about a Pali language word association game?

It could be a good way to help learn the language; I know I need all the help I can get.

It starts with one word, and someone posts a word that it is associated with, and then the next person posts a word associated with the second word and so on and on .... but it must be in Pali! And to help us learn the language, put the English translation in parenthesis after the Pali word.

There are some Pali resources and online dictionaries in the 'Announcements' section in this Pali sub-forum.

I'll start with:

Bhāvanā (mental development, also producing)
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Re: Pali word association game

Postby Ben » Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:51 am

Great idea, David!

Bhavatta the fact of being, state, condition
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Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:09 am

Citta ('mind', 'consciousness', 'state of consciousness')
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Postby Ben » Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:16 am

cetana: state of ceto in action, thinking as active thought, intention, purpose, will. Defined as action
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Postby retrofuturist » Wed Oct 07, 2009 6:23 am

cetasika: 'mental things, mental factors', are those mental concomitants which are bound up with the simultaneously arising consciousness (citta = viññāṇa) and conditioned by its presence . Whereas in the Suttas all phenomena of existence are summed up under the aspect of 5 groups: corporeality, feeling, perception, mental formations, consciousness (s. khandha), the Abhidhamma as a rule treats them under the more philosophical 3 aspects: consciousness, mental factors and corporeality (citta, cetasika, rūpa). Thus, of these 3 aspects, the mental factors (cetasika) comprise feeling, perception and the 50 mental formations, altogether 52 mental concomitants. Of these, 25 are lofty qualities (either kammically wholesome or neutral), 14 kammically unwholesome, while 13 are as such kammically neutral, their kammical quality depending on whether they are associated with wholesome, unwholesome or neutral consciousness
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Pali word association game

Postby Prasadachitta » Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:06 pm

viññana [vi~n~naa.na]:
Consciousness; cognizance; the act of taking note of sense data and ideas as they occur. There is also a type of consciousness that lies outside of the khandhas — called consciousness without feature (viññanam anidassanam) — which is not related to the six senses at all.
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Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Oct 07, 2009 1:53 pm

Sankhāra (mental formation, mental dispositions, construction, 'that which has been put together')
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Re: Pali word association game

Postby Ben » Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:00 pm

asankhata not put together, not proceeding from a cause 'the unconditioned'
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Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:02 pm

nirodha (cessation)
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Postby Ben » Wed Oct 07, 2009 10:53 pm

Samudaya: rise, origin
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Postby retrofuturist » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:10 pm

samanera - novice, in training to become a bhikkhu (monk)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Pali word association game

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:14 pm

samaneri - novice, in training to become a bhikkhuni (nun)
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Postby retrofuturist » Wed Oct 07, 2009 11:18 pm

bhikkhuni (nun)
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Re: Pali word association game

Postby Ben » Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:40 am

Utunī: a menstruating woman
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Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Oct 08, 2009 1:19 am

upāsikā (lay woman)
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Postby Ben » Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:42 am

sāvikā: feminine form of savaka: a hearer, disciple (never an Arahant)
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Postby retrofuturist » Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:51 am

sāvakā: see Ben's post above
If you have asked me of the origination of unease, then I shall explain it to you in accordance with my understanding:
Whatever various forms of unease there are in the world, They originate founded in encumbering accumulation. (Pārāyanavagga)


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One who is such, calmed and ever mindful, He has no sorrows! -- Udana IV, 7


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Postby Ben » Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:07 am

WHAT THE ??
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Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:50 am

Puthujjana (ordinary worldling, i.e., not yet a noble one)
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Re: Pali word association game

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Oct 08, 2009 4:53 am

This is just a note to anyone who might be seeing boxes in any of the Pali words here, it is because you do not have Pali fonts downloaded on your computer. There are some resources in the announcements section of this Pali sub-forum showing you how to download (for free) Pali fonts with the Roman letters with the appropriate accent-pronunciation marks.
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