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by Kare
Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:17 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali and Sanskrit: some history
Replies: 19
Views: 15309

Re: Pali and Sanskrit: some history

Lance Cousins writes: "The standard epigraphical language used in the Gangetic plain and beyond in the last centuries B.C. and a little after was a form of Middle Indian rather close to Pali. We have no reason to believe that any other written language existed in that area at that time. Like Pali i...
by Kare
Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali and Sanskrit: some history
Replies: 19
Views: 15309

Re: Pali and Sanskrit: some history

I am reading Bronkhorst's book now. It is interesting, but from what I till now have seen, it does not address the questions I specified. Bronkhorst has a different focus for his writing.
by Kare
Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:49 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali and Sanskrit: some history
Replies: 19
Views: 15309

Re: Pali and Sanskrit: some history

manjughosamani wrote:Hi Kare,

You can read the majority, if not all, of the text online here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/207362992/Bro ... arly-India

All the best.
Thank you very much, manjughosamani! :anjali:
by Kare
Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali and Sanskrit: some history
Replies: 19
Views: 15309

Re: Pali and Sanskrit: some history

Hello Kare, To me it is baffling to see that none of the respected scholars quoted here seem to be aware of the problem of Magadha/Magadhi. Are you familar with a a book: Greater Magadha: Studies in the Culture of Early India, by Johannes Bronkhorst It looks quite interesting. Up till now I have re...
by Kare
Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:56 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Can Monks read non dhamma books?
Replies: 50
Views: 4854

Re: Can Monks read non dhamma books?

But what's the point of ... expecting them to engage 24/7 in strictly Dhammic activity?? That is the job they signed in for and are paid for. Every monk should study the Samaññaphalasutta, DN 2: "Whereas some recluses and brahmins, while living on food offered by the faithful, indulge in the follow...
by Kare
Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:25 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Pali and Sanskrit: some history
Replies: 19
Views: 15309

Re: Pali and Sanskrit: some history

To me it is baffling to see that none of the respected scholars quoted here seem to be aware of the problem of Magadha/Magadhi. None of them ask these questions: What was Magadha/Magadhi at the time of the Buddha? What was Magadha/Magadhi at the time of Asoka? What did the Sri Lankans regard as Maga...
by Kare
Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:03 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Becoming a Pali Scholar
Replies: 32
Views: 11708

Re: Becoming a Pali Scholar

You are putting a great deal of energy into all of this, and much of what you are saying is scholarly speculation, not fact. What is your actual point here and does any of it actually matter for one's practice of the Dhamma? Or is this all of just academic interest? If you believe, like I do, that ...
by Kare
Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:16 pm
Forum: Early Buddhism
Topic: What language did the Buddha speak?
Replies: 47
Views: 27451

Re: What language did the Buddha speak?

Well, although the Buddhist texts are traditionally regarded as being written in the language of Magadha , the Buddha himself wasn't originally from Magadha. He was from the area around Kapilavatthu, which I think (that is to say, I'm just guessing) was far enough from Magadha to have its own disti...
by Kare
Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:01 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is there really a point in practicing Buddhism?
Replies: 56
Views: 6202

Re: Is there really a point in practicing Buddhism?

You want an answer without any regurgitated parchment and ink soup. That is good. So here is my answer to your question, with no sutta reference and no Pali: Yes.
by Kare
Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Becoming a Pali Scholar
Replies: 32
Views: 11708

Re: Becoming a Pali Scholar

You need to substantiate this assertion. If you can prove that the Pali texts were written earlier, then let us continue this dialogue. In the 3rd century BCE, Ashoka left an inscription at Bairat (in the western state of Rajasthan) in which, after saluting the sangha of Magadha, he names some of t...
by Kare
Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Becoming a Pali Scholar
Replies: 32
Views: 11708

Re: Becoming a Pali Scholar

I am reading your postings with interest, although I have to admit that I am rather puzzled by the discrepancy between your detailed knowledge of features of Pali and your obvious ignorance of elementary features of linguistics. But now it seems we are reaching the stage where we are to starting rep...
by Kare
Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Becoming a Pali Scholar
Replies: 32
Views: 11708

Re: Becoming a Pali Scholar

Hi Kare, thanks again for your response. Apologies for the long posts but I cant seem to make them any shorter than they are, I have a lot more to say though, which I will reserve for later discussion. :smile: Yes, it is tempting to write long dissertations on themes we really are interested in. Bu...
by Kare
Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:58 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Becoming a Pali Scholar
Replies: 32
Views: 11708

Re: Becoming a Pali Scholar

Of course Pali is a language, not a script. That is arguable. In the Pali canon all the Brahmanical names and terms without exception are quoted in their middle-Indic form rather than in their original old-Indic form. All the characters are depicted as speaking the middle-Indic form of the language...
by Kare
Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Becoming a Pali Scholar
Replies: 32
Views: 11708

Re: Becoming a Pali Scholar

Pali is not widely studied because it is a very peculiar language, if at all it can be called a language. It may have been a script (used to write the Theravada canon) rather than a language by itself. Of course Pali is a language, not a script. Firstly outside of the Buddhist and more specifically...
by Kare
Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:49 pm
Forum: Pāli
Topic: Becoming a Pali Scholar
Replies: 32
Views: 11708

Re: Becoming a Pali Scholar

Yes, your knowledge of classical Greek will be very useful if you start studying Pali. There are differences, of course, but there are also similarities which will make it much easier to understand the Pali grammar. Wishing you good luck with your studies! :twothumbsup: