Narada's Elemenary Pali Course: Revised and corrected in 2008, with an added glossary, etc.

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Eisel Mazard, Dec 27, 2014 - Foreign Language Study - 68 pages

A practical set of exercises, instructions and explanations for anyone trying to learn Pali (the canonical language of Theravāda Buddhism, and the language providing the most ancient, extant record of the Buddha's philosophy). This book requires no prior knowledge of any language but English, and can be a student's first step to studying Pali.

The book can be used for solitary self-study or in a classroom context. The 2008 edition includes various corrections, revisions, and an added glossary.


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About the author (2014)

Nārada Thera (1898–1983) was born in Columbo (with the name Sumanapala), and ordained as a Buddhist monk at the age of eighteen (adopting the name Nārada). Although he went on to fame as a promoter of Buddhism, much of his childhood education was received from Christians (his school was operated by Sri Lanka's Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge), and it was in this context that he became proficient in English. His rise to prominence as a cosmopolitan advocate for Buddhism relied on his eloquence in English: he traveled extensively throughout Asia and the Western World. He was a member of the 'Servants of the Buddha' society founded by the late Dr. Cassius Pereira, and one of the most prominent monks associated with the Vajirarama temple in Columbo. In English, he published a number of Buddhist-missionary tracts, such as Buddhism in a Nutshell (1933), still widely read today.

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