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    Dear friends, Some of you may be interested in this announcement about the SuttaCentral project. Metta, John ... From: Sujato Bhikkhu Sent:
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      Dear friends,

      Some of you may be interested in this announcement about the SuttaCentral project.

      Metta,
      John

      ----- Forwarded Message ----
      From: Sujato Bhikkhu <sujato@...>

      Sent: Wednesday, 19 September, 2007 9:09:17 AM
      Subject: SuttaCentral announcement

      Dear all,

      This email is a publicity announcement for our website in development, SuttaCentral. (http://www.suttacentral.net/)

      SuttaCentral aims at facilitating the study of Buddhist texts from comparative and historical perspectives. It focuses on the texts that represent "Early Buddhism", texts preserved not only in the Pali Sutta and Vinaya Piṭakas but also in Chinese and Tibetan translations and in fragmentary remains in Sanskrit and other languages.


      SuttaCentral offers a gateway to this material by enabling users to quickly identify the Chinese, Tibetan, and/or Sanskrit parallels of any given Pali discourse – or vice versa. Having found that information, one can then can click on the relevant links and consult the actual texts, most of which are accessible from other web-sites. Later we also hope to provide direct access to available English translations.


      The system focuses initially on providing the correspondence data from the perspective of the Pali suttas; that is, given a particular Pali sutta, one can find the parallels in other textual languages. Finding parallels in the reverse direction will become possible in due course. In building SuttaCentral, we plan to work through the nikāyas, one by one, in the traditional sequence. At present the Dīgha and Majjhima Nikāyas are complete. Data on the remaining nikāyas will become accessible as the relevant research and data-entry work progresses.


      The data supplied here offer substantial improvements and additions over the pioneering work by Akanuma (Comparative Catalogue of Chinese Āgamas & Pāli Nikāyas, 1929), until now the standard reference work in this area. Nevertheless, there is still much room for improvement. We therefore invite other scholars working on this same early Buddhist material to provide input to SuttaCentral (see "Contacts"), so that the material displayed is continually refined for greater accuracy and completeness.


      We hope, by providing this service, to advance the study of Early Buddhism. We also hope to promote recognition of the need for such study to take account not only of the Pali texts but also of their counterparts in other languages.




      yours,

      Bhante Sujato

      (on behalf of the SuttaCentral team; see http://www.suttacentral.net/contacts.htm)


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      ----------

      Dear all,

      This email is a publicity announcement for our website in development,
      SuttaCentral. (http://www.suttacentral.net/)

      SuttaCentral aims at facilitating the study of Buddhist texts from
      comparative and historical perspectives. It focuses on the texts that
      represent "Early Buddhism", texts preserved not only in the Pali Sutta and
      Vinaya Piṭakas but also in Chinese and Tibetan translations and in
      fragmentary remains in Sanskrit and other languages.

      SuttaCentral offers a gateway to this material by enabling users to quickly
      identify the Chinese, Tibetan, and/or Sanskrit parallels of any given Pali
      discourse – or vice versa. Having found that information, one can then can
      click on the relevant links and consult the actual texts, most of which are
      accessible from other web-sites. Later we also hope to provide direct access
      to available English translations.

      The system focuses initially on providing the correspondence data from the
      perspective of the Pali suttas; that is, given a particular Pali sutta, one
      can find the parallels in other textual languages. Finding parallels in the
      reverse direction will become possible in due course. In building
      SuttaCentral, we plan to work through the nikāyas, one by one, in the
      traditional sequence. At present the Dīgha and Majjhima Nikāyas are
      complete. Data on the remaining nikāyas will become accessible as the
      relevant research and data-entry work progresses.

      The data supplied here offer substantial improvements and additions over the
      pioneering work by Akanuma (Comparative Catalogue of Chinese Āgamas & Pāli
      Nikāyas, 1929), until now the standard reference work in this area.
      Nevertheless, there is still much room for improvement. We therefore invite
      other scholars working on this same early Buddhist material to provide input
      to SuttaCentral (see "Contacts"), so that the material displayed is
      continually refined for greater accuracy and completeness.

      We hope, by providing this service, to advance the study of Early Buddhism.
      We also hope to promote recognition of the need for such study to take
      account not only of the Pali texts but also of their counterparts in other
      languages.



      yours,

      Bhante Sujato

      (on behalf of the SuttaCentral team; see
      http://www.suttacentral.net/contacts.htm)


      --
      Santi Forest Monastery
      Lot 6 Coalmines Road
      (PO Box 132)
      Bundanoon
      NSW 2578 Australia

      t: +61 (0)2 4883 6331
      f: +61 (0)2 8572 8286

      http://santifm1.0.googlepages.com/
      http://www.suttacentral.net/
      http://asaweb1.googlepages.com/
      http://sectsandsectarianism.googlepages.com/
      http://beginnings.endings.googlepages.com/home
      http://ekottara.googlepages.com/home


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