Learn Pali...

The Language of Early Buddhism


Buddhist Dictionary, Manual of Buddhist Terms and Doctrines ...by Ven. Nyanatiloka

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From the introduction: This book is chiefly intended for those who study the Buddhist teachings through the medium of the English language, but wish to familiarize themselves with some of the original Pali terms of doctrinal import. They are in the same position as a student of philosophy or science who has to know the terminology of his field, which for common parlance is mostly not less 'unfamiliar' than are the words of the Pali language found in the Dictionary

An Elementary Pali Course
... by Ven. Narada, Thera

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From the Preface: The word Pali means "the Text", though it has now come to be the name of a language. Magadhi was the original name for Pali. It was the language current in the land of Magadha during the time of the Buddha. The elements of Pali can be mastered in a few months, Pali opens one's ears to the Dhamma and the music of the Buddha's speech. This little book on Pali is intended to be an elementary guide for beginners.

A Practical Grammar Book of the Pali Language
... by Charles Duroiselle

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From the Preface to the Third Edition: Most introductory Pali grammar books consist of lessons that teach the elements of the language in stages, but because of that they are also very difficult to use as a reference when you need to look up a noun's declension, or a verb's conjugation. This book because of it's practical and comprehensive coverage of the elements of the Pali language in complete chapters is a very useful reference. This book was also not written for linguistics experts, but for students with little experience studying Pali grammar.

A Pali Word a Day
...A selection of Pali words for daily reflection.

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From the introduction: This booklet aims to assist new Buddhist Students who are unfamiliar with some of the Pali words often used in the study of Buddhism. As the title of the booklet suggests, we encourage the learning and use of Pali words by learning one word each day. The booklet can serve as both a dictionary and a glossary of terms for your reference.

Bhavana Vandana: Book of Devotion
...Compiled by Ven. H. Gunaratana

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From the introduction: The purpose of this book is manifold. One is to teach the users of this book of devotion how to pronounce Pali words correctly. The most effective way of doing so is to repeat the same thing over and over again. This book of devotion is made for daily recitation. We also intend to teach Dhamma through this devotional service, as the Pali language is used primarily to teach the Dhamma.

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