11432pronunciation of Tibetan terms & names & mantras on websites
- Oct 4, 2009One minor but significant difficulty I often have in my practice-- and
I'd expect many others do too-- is an inability to know how to pronounce
Tibetan names and terms. I feel this inability most when learning a new
mantra, but at other times too.
Being a bit conversant with web technologies, I'm confident that it
would not be too difficult to create an audio file (e.g., .wav or .ogg
or .mpg) containing a recited mantra or meditational song or deity name
or other Tibetan name or term typically difficult for non-Tibetans to
pronounce. Such audio files posted to a website and so made publicly
available would be of considerable benefit to a lot of people who are
trying to improve and enhance their practice.
For those webmasters (and I believe there are several on this Buddhism
101 list) who are unfamiliar with digital audio technology, there's a
free application called Audacity which is quite suitable. Our sangha
uses it to record dharma talks. As said, Audacity is free to download
from the web, it works on Linux, UNIX, Windows, and other systems, and
it has documentation on how to use it. A web search should supply a lot
of other documentation on Audacity and how to post a sound file to
webpage. As for hardware, any PC which is not too old and which has a
sound card should be fine. Add to this an inexpensive microphone (I got
one for free with the sound card I purchased about ten years ago) and a
set of earbuds, and you have everything needed.
If you have a website for us needy buddhists and need help with audio
website components but the above isn't enough help, contact me and I'll
see what help I can provide you.
Om mani padme hum.
War is a failure of the imagination.
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