Fonts and such
An acquaintance of mine at the Pali Text Society received the
following query from a student. Would someone like to give it a try?
With Much Thanks,
>A few years ago I created a Romanised Pali keyboard in software forsimilar
>WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS. At the time several PTS members had done
>work using different systems and different software. It seems allof
>addressed the lack of suitable software individually.WordPerfect
>I now need to send some Pali transcriptions to someone.
>longer in common use, and naturally the characters I've createddrop
>when the files are transferred into other software. I also can'tprint the
>files from WordPerfect as modern printers use USB and not parallel.character
>I'm intending to see if Microsoft Word is capable of creating the
>sets I created in WordPerfect, but I thought I'd ask you first incase
>anyone at the PTS has already made a MS Word Pali keyboard.Alternatively,
>if one is needed and I do the work myself, I can let the PTS have acopy if
>it would be useful. And indeed, the WordPerfect keyboard isavailable
>anyone still uses WP 5.1 for DOS.
- Dear Alex,
> We are intrigued about this name/meme re-injection from East to WestI suspect that Shangri-la is fake Tibetan, the notion being based on or
> and back to East. There may be modern references which predate the
> book. However, is anyone aware of an earlier origin on the name? Is it
> purely fictional or derived from another term (perhaps Shambhala?).
inspired by the Tibetanized version of the myth of Shambhala. The "-la" in
Shangri-la is probably the Tibetan word for a mountain valley, but not in
the case of the "la" at the end of Shambhala.
I previously mentioned that the true location of Shambhala should be sought
in western Orissa, but the place I intended to designate is Sambhalpur
according to modern spelling. In medieval religious documents the place is
also called Sambhola or Sambalaka, located along the upper Orissan reaches
of the River Mahanadi. It is even mentioned by Ptolomy in his Geography as
Sumelpur and Sambolaka. Carefuly sifting through the evidence, one can also
hypothesize that the famed tantric land of Uddiyana / Oddiyana was the
general name for the whole of that area, with Shambhala forming the
westernmost portion. Any placing of Shambhala in Central Asia or elsewhere
is a product of the later mythologized version of Shambhala.