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Pali - Buddha's Language: A complete teach yourself course for beginners in 10 simple lessons Paperback – December 15, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449976441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449976446
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,450,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By aussie john on August 9, 2010
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This great little book is an excellent way to start a study of Pali. The text book itself is a translation of a German textbook by Kurt Schmidt, a well regarded Pali to German translator.

A BIG PLUS is an associated website [...] with sound files of the sections of Pali text in the lessons. The form of this course has similarities to Rune Johansson's excellent classic 'Pali Buddhist Texts'- but that book will cost you $50 to $60 and not have sound files. Another strength is the encouragement to memorise the short blocks of Pali text; which start with verses. This is a good way to go to help get Pali under your skin, and goes a little way to make up for the disadvantage of Pali being a largely textual language, which makes the 'immersion' in spoken language often used in learning languages a little difficult!

Even if you only do a few lessons it will break the spell of the unfamiliar and lead to you being able to pronounce Pali a little better and not glazing over when you see a Pali word.

Every human skill from gardening to music to driving a car has some specialised 'technical' language, it's unavoidable. Even with the best translations in the world there is still a place for knowing a little Pali if you are engaged in the human adventure of learning to Wake Up as recommended by the Buddha. This book can help open a whole new world of understanding Buddha Vacana - the Word of The Buddha.
Cheers
John from Australia
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Todd Cornell on February 21, 2011
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This book is a good start but it's obvious there was no editing done and the author is not a writer. Many grammatical errors in English and misspellings in Pali. The vocabulary is not complete and explanations are sparse. It's seems like he tried to get it done too fast or English is not his native tongue, either way it needed to be edited. Had more time been put into the compiling of this book, it would actually be a good single beginning, however I have chosen not to use this as my main entry to Pali and find A New Course in Reading Pali to be much more in-depth and informative.

This book is fine for a supplemental reference. A Pali Primer is also very well written and introduces the grammar at a controlled pace, it does not jump right into the Suttas but teaches the basic grammar breakdown through simple sentences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By joann gill on February 26, 2012
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I'm very happy with this book. I'm trying to learn some of the Pali language and this has been very helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chew Boon Aik on November 4, 2013
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The book is 140 pages alright, but the one I received is actually 311 pages long! Apparently a book titled "Looking For Answers Through Dirty Glasses: Finding the Divine in a Challenging World" with 171 pages are embedded inside this book. I thought it was publishing mistake but doesn't seem so by looking at the side of the book.
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