Re: [Pali] introduction
- Welcome Henry!
"Henry J. Grossi" wrote:
> Dear friends,
> I'm happy to find an active Pali group again. The others seemed to have dies
> a quiet death.
> to tell the members something about myself:
> 1. Are you a buddhist? If not, what makes you interested in Theravada
> Yes I am a Buddhist, a student of the monks at the Bhavana Society in West
> Virginia, where the Venerable Henepola Gunatarana is abbot.
> 2. Are you learning/teaching the Pali language? If yes, what do you think
> are the common difficulties faced by students?
> I am presently learning Pali, having found a very good teacher in
> Washington, DC. I've been attempting to learn the language on my own,
> starting with Warder and Gair before turning to De Silva's Pali Primer. (I
> plan to move to Gair after I've worked through much of de Silva.) I think my
> main stumbling block in learning Pali has been the lack of someone to whom
> to pose questions, many of which arose when I attempted the exercises in de
> Silva on my own. Hence the need of a teacher.
> 3. Do you read and study the suttas, or other Tipitaka/Pali literature (such
> as Abhidhamma, Vinaya)?
> I have been working my way through the translations of the nikayas published
> by Wisdom Publications and am currently halfway through the Samyutta Nikaya.
> I hope to be able to do it all again in Pali.
> 4. Do you use any tools/guidebooks in your study of the Pali canon, or do
> you apply any methods in your study?
> I like the Wisdom editions because of the excellent introductions and notes,
> most by Bhikkhu Bodhi. Von Hunuber's "A Handbook of Pali Literature" has
> also been helpful.
> 5. Do you meditate regularly? If you do, where do you learn/practice and
> what are the methods that you use?
> I have a daily meditation practice and go to retreats as often as I can.
> Anapanasati is the basis of my meditation practice, with healthy doses of
> metta and vipassana meditation.
> 6. Were/Are you involved in any translation works of the Tipitaka? Are you
> interested in such works?
> I have never done translation of these works but would hope to do some one
> With metta,
> Henry (a.k.a. upasaka asoka)
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