RE: [Pali] Re: International Dhamma Research Tool
- Hello Rett,
Thanks for the informative reply. I do not have this work ... I have been
trying to get a copy for some time now with no luck...no responses even!
It is certainly worth studying.
I suspect that my suggested outline will be largely ignored except for the
portion relating to the Dhamma itself. I have had to work with these various
sorts of materials on a daily basis for several years, and the scheme I have
provided has this advantage: it's easy to work with.
Placing commentary under or within the Dhamma sections:
I am aiming for a design that is what I would call modular. Breaking things
down into logical units that can be used or not without much if any editing.
In addition, I have mentioned the idea that I believe even our file
structures should be lessons in the dhamma and throwing in the commentary
like that will surly result in confusion as to what is and what is not
'cannon'. I understand this is a Theravada group, but not everyone trusts
the commentaries. I feel it is a happier solution to place all commentary,
ancient or modern, under the heading of DhammaTalk. Under that heading there
could then be sections for teachers to expound their views without 'messing
up' the Suttas. Even here I think it is important to remember the Buddha's
instruction that we do not accept anything that is not consistant with
sutta; my scheme demonstrates in a small way the need for separation.
and may your life be long and happy!
From: rett [mailto:rett@...]
Sent: Sunday, November 28, 2004 10:30 AM
Subject: RE: [Pali] Re: International Dhamma Research Tool
>CPD = ? Concise Pali Dictionary ? which we would find where?
>What's wrong with the structure I am suggesting? It has this advantage:
>small changes, it is currently in use at ATI (and in what I am doing)...notAs far as I can tell the CPD (Critical Pali Dictionary) scheme
>that that should be the determining factor, which should be clarity.
doesn't directly compete with large parts of the one you proposed,
since yours also makes place for Dhamma talks and other articles than
the original literature. The CPD is a way of organizing the Pali
literature only (and some relevant Sanskrit literature).
I haven't seen the whole scheme (which I believe is explained in the
first fascicle of the CPD) only the parts cited in the Index Locorum
of Helmer Smith's Saddaniiti edition. Still, that's quite a lot of
material. From there,it's apparent that:
2.x.x Suttapi.taka and paracanonical
4.x.x.Later poetry (chronicles)
5.x.x Grammatical and lexicographical treatises
6.x.x Sanskrit Grammatical and lexicographical works
As you can see, it roughly follows the standard divisions. What is
interesting is that commentarial literature is grouped under the main
text to which each item belongs.
1.2,1 Samantapaasaadikaa1.2,11 Vajirabuhhi.tiikaa
There might be faults with this system. It might even have been
superceded. But since such a lot of work has been put into a
hierarchical classification scheme for the entire corpus of Pali
literature,it seems at least worth considering, before deciding on a
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