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Re: [Pali] Re: Be, Ee, Se

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  • libris
    having to refer to the various Pali editions constantly, and also from various comments by Pali specialists, I don t think we can take any edition as 100%
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      having to refer to the various Pali editions constantly, and also from various comments by Pali specialists, I don't think we can take any edition as 100% accurate. After all an oral tradition has become a written tradition, and it is difficult to know what the Urtext really is.

      But what we have in various editions are very valuable indeed. From a careful comparative study of all such texts we can triangulate the best (or a best) reading. This has to be guided by:

      (1) sutta context,
      (2) the living transmission of the meditation (esp forest) tradition.

      This last past is the domain only of those who actually practise Buddhism and keep up some level of mental cultivation.

      This is what distinguishes a truly "intuitive" translation from a purely academic one.

      Sukhi

      Piya


      --- John Kelly <palistudent@...> wrote:

      > Thanks very much, Piya. That's very helpful.
      >
      > Can anyone answer the rest of my question, regarding how these
      > editions are related to the Chattha Sangaayana (CSCD) and the
      > Buddha
      > Jayanti versions, and which among them all is deemed the most
      > reliable?
      >
      > With metta,
      > John
      > --- In Pali@yahoogroups.com, libris <libris@s...> wrote:
      > >
      > > John,
      > >
      > > These are general references to countries that produce the Pali
      > canon:
      > > The abbreviations mean as follows:
      > >
      > > Be = Burmese edition
      > > Ce = Sinhala (Ceylonese) edition
      > > Ee = European (usually PTS) ed
      > > Ke = Khmer (Cambodian) edition
      > > Se = Siamese (Thai) edition
      > >
      > > and so on.
      > >
      > > Sukhi
      > >
      > > Piya
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > --- John Kelly <palistudent@y...> wrote:
      > >
      > > > Dear friends,
      > > >
      > > > I often find myself getting somewhat confused about
      > > > the different Pali text editions and the meaning of
      > > > the various symbols used to decribe them - Be, Ee, Se,
      > > > etc. Would one of you kind-hearted knowledgable
      > > > people please post a simple guide as to the meaning of
      > > > each of these symbols, and how they relate to the CSCD
      > > > edition that I have on disk, and the Buddha Jayanti
      > > > version available from the JBE website? I have heard
      > > > that the latter is the most reliable version to use -
      > > > is that the current scholarly consensus?
      > > >
      > > > Thank you.
      > > > With metta, John
      > > >
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