How to Read Buddhist texts in the original language and why it is a power practice.


Verbal recitation of Suttas and Sutras is a effective, extensive practice– specifically if recited in Pali orSanskrit Many instructors advise attempting to recite and read in the original transcribed language, in the language the Buddha spoke. Reading in in this manner, you can imagine yourself listeningto the Buddha To show the significance, newbie Buddhist monks start their training with recitations of Suttas in Pali, even if they do not instantly comprehend.

By Michael Carr

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For modern-day Buddhists, it can be challenging to recite or understand in Pali dialect– the language ofthe Buddha [In the case of Tibetan Buddhist texts, try to read in Tibetan.] The extremely initially Buddhist mentors were, naturally, handed down orally, up until fans started to transcribe them into the numerous Indo-Aryan languages, consisting of Pali, Gāndhārī, and the intricate range of Sanskrit.

In Buddhism, the Three Jewels are Buddha,Dharma and Sangha Dharma is thought about the most valuable, the living words ofthe Buddha In Tibet, the texts are so spiritual there are events for official carrying ofBuddhist Texts Here, the celebrants bring texts on their shoulder with respect. Photo by Bishal Cintury.

The Language of Wisdom

While it is just natural to do our finest to comprehend Buddha’s words, taking the additional effort to read and recite in the original language can be meditative and illuminating. This exceeds the advantages of understanding of the linguistic elements.

Learning a spiritual language can be a individual journey. Like any spiritual practice, the crucial virtue is perseverance. Take your time and check out the spiritual texts– line after line– not just looking for the equated significance, however going deeper into the underlying messages.

Older or earlier texts were hand transcribed in Pali or Sanskrit on to palm leaves or wood.

Suggestions for knowing to read in the native language

  • Read numerous translations in your nativelanguage Even if you do not understand any foreign language, it is still essential to comprehend the Dharma message. It is likewise useful to see how numerous translators approached the original books aboutBuddha If you believe See evaluate, the how to various phrasing might inform you and bit more.
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Read With Me | Buddhist Fiction Blog


Hello Buddhist fiction readers. By a happy accident, I have double copies of three books I intend to review for this blog. Instead of returning them, I thought it would be fun to offer to send a book to anyone who would like to read and discuss it with me, thereby contributing to the review.

I hope to post reviews of these novels starting in April, 2021. Please email me at buddhistfictionblogger@gmail.com if you would like me to send you a book from the three depicted below. First come, first served.

Amazon blurbs for each book are listed below the picture.

The Green Eyed Lama by Oyungerel Tsedevdamba and Jeffrey L. Falt. Independently published, 2018.

Amazon Blurb: “”THE GREEN-EYED LAMA” IS THE BEST NOVEL EVER WRITTEN ABOUT MONGOLIA” (JACK WEATHERFORD)THE FIRST MONGOLIAN NOVEL EVER PUBLISHED IN THE WEST!AN AWARD-WINNING, DECADE-LONG BESTSELLER IN MONGOLIA.The year is 1938. The newly-installed communist government of Mongolia, under orders from Moscow, has launched a nation-wide purge. Before it ends, nearly a tenth of the country’s population will be murdered.A young nomadic herds-woman named Sendmaa falls in love with Baasan, a talented and handsome Buddhist lama. Baasan resolves to leave the priesthood and marry Sendmaa, but her scheming neighbor persuades Baasan’s brother, Bold, to ask for Sendmaa’s hand in marriage first. Their love triangle is engulfed by tragedy when Mongolia’s Stalin moves to crush the Buddhist faith.Baasan is arrested. Sendmaa, Bold, and the other northern herders are branded counter-revolutionaries, and their herds are confiscated.As the country teeters toward war, Baasan is sentenced to death as a class enemy. But an improbable ally, a lama turned “KGB” agent, intervenes in a way that reaches all the way to Franklin Roosevelt. Still, Baasan must summon every bit of his talent and ingenuity if he’s to survive the gulag, reunite with Sendmaa, and help save the Buddhist faith.The Green-Eyed Lama is based on a true story. Nearly all of the book’s characters are referred to by their real names. Written originally in English, it was published in Mongolian in 2008, and has been a bestseller in Mongolia for 10 years. The Green-Eyed Lama is the first Mongolian novel to be published in the West. In November 2017, the French publishing house Grasset Editions published the novel in French under the title Le Moine Aux Yeux Verts.”

Winter Into Spring by Liz Unser. Blank Page Press, 2020.

Amazon Blurb: “Elin Petersen knew that she was fortunate; dreamy husband, stunning home, plenty of friends and plenty of money. Who caused it all to come crashing down? How could she deal with the loneliness, money worries and failed relationships that followed? Elin’s wake-up call comes in the guise of new friends Mia, Chrissie and Cecilia. They enjoy life, love, dancing and fun and suggest that Elin could change the part she plays in the drama of her own life.She lands a great new job. But career satisfaction and financial security come with a complication, a drop-dead gorgeous father of two, an enigma who doesn’t talk about his wife.Finally understanding that happy endings don’t come neatly packaged, Elin heads off to the next challenge, fully aware that she must make her own happiness along the way.Winter into Spring interweaves life struggles with musings on female friendship and practical Buddhist philosophy.”

Whisper of the Lotus by Gabrielle Yetter. Independently Published, 2020.

Amazon Blurb: “A buzz sounded from inside Charlotte’s handbag, so she stopped and fumbled for the mobile phone she’d switched on after landing. Surely nobody would be contacting her here.
Her fingers curled around it and she flipped open the case and checked the message: Welcome to Cambodia, Charlotte. You have 57 days

Sometimes you have to go a long way from home to come full circle back to discover what was right in front of you..
Charlotte’s mundane, dead-end life lacked excitement. She never imagined that sitting on a plane to Cambodia, struggling with her fear of flying, would lead to her being befriended by Rashid, an old man whose tragic secret would take her on a mystery tour of discovery.

In a land of golden temples, orange-clad monks, and smiling people, Charlotte discovers nothing is as she’d expected. She also never imagined the journey would take her back to the night when her father walked out on the family.
And who was Rashid? Was he just a kindly old man, or was there something deeper sewn into the exquisite fabric of his life?

From the author of The Definitive Guide to Living in Southeast Asia: Cambodia and Just Go! Leave the Treadmill for a World of AdventureWhisper of the Lotus is a multi-layered story about friendship and family, love and identity, set in an exotic, magical country in Southeast Asia.”