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A Frequency Dictionary of Pali: Core Vocabulary for Learners Paperback – October 1, 2010


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145387013X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453870136
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,779,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dhammadarsa Bhikkhu on September 1, 2011
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Venerable/Kind Sirs and Ladies

I think this kind of dictionary is a very needed and a very useful study resource. I was a bit disappointed that it only contained 1000 words for a 400+ page book.

The presentation needs a lot of work, mainly:

- a third to half a page for only one word is crazy and not very environmentally friendly. I don't know why they didn't just follow the layout of the common dictionary and avoid having headings for each word on a new line such as: occurrences, part of speech, definition, example. They could just explain the order of the entries at the start and avoid repeating these headings every time. E.g. it could be "Gotama, 144, noun (voc.), Vocative form of Gotama. "O Gotama" ... See: Gotamo. etc. on one or two lines, instead of about a third of a page in this case.

- often the size of the first column varies according to the length of the word being defined, which appears as a heading. Suggest better not to have columns at all, linking with suggestion above.

Kind Regards
Dhammadarsa Bhikkhu
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By Daniel Ainestrand on January 5, 2014
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I think this is a really great idéa, to list all the most frequent words in pali and give explanations. But I'm so disappointed and sad to say that this book is so full of errors that it isn't worth the money. In fact, you should get the money back. You can't trust the definitions and the examples, which sometimes are completly wrong, sometimes absent, sometimes given twice. It seems like they had the computer generate a list of words with explanations but never checked for errors. Also, the author hasn't bothered to check for doublets, like 'Gotama' and 'Gotamo' (why give the same word more than once, only with different endings?), and you can question the occurance of the words (is 'sa.msandanti' really more frequent than 'bhikkhu'?). It's difficult to understand how the book could be published in this condition, it has to be revised thoroughly.
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Judging by the size of the fonts and the redundant spacing, this book can easily be made 100+ pages booklet if following normal book layout, instead the book looks like an Oxford dictionary - if only viewing the cover.
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I like the idea very much, but this book is not worth the money. Gigantic fonts and lots of wasted space cover up the fact that this is a pamphlet fluffed out to be a book. Look elsewhere.
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More About the Author

Born in Berlin, 1879 - 1975

He got introduced to Buddhism through a book by Oldenberg and the translations of Karl Eugen Neumann. When he noticed how different these two translated Pali texts, it forced him to learn Pali himself and he became a "master of Pali". In 1917, he was asked to give a lecture at the Munich to talk about Buddhism. The result of this was the first of his 15 books. Later, he translated the entire Middle collection (Majjhima Nikaya) in a new abbreviated form.

Important works:

Pali - Buddha's language.
The collection of Buddhist texts in the Middle Length Sayings.
Buddha and his disciples
Empty is the world. Buddhist studies.
Thus said the Buddha.
Buddha's teaching.
Introduction to Buddhism.
Buddhist dictionary.

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