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This book contains translations of important Pali words and meditation terms arranged in alphabetical order (Roman-script - normal English); definitions include a longer discussion of certain complex concepts and source references. There are translations of both English and Pali words mixed together, making it easy to look up important Pali words or terms, or finding them when knowing only the English equivalent.
Preface to the First Edition
"As a first attempt of an authentic dictionary of Buddhist doctrinal terms,
used in the Pāli Canon and its Commentaries, this present manual will
fill a real gap felt by many students of Buddhism. It provides the reader
not with a mere superficial enumeration of important Pāli terms and their
English equivalents, but offers him precise and authentic definitions and
explanations of canonical and post-canonical terms and doctrines, based
on Sutta, Abhidhamma and the Commentaries, and illustrated by numerous
quotations taken from these sources, so that, if anyone wishes, he could,
by intelligently joining together the different articles, produce without
difficulty a complete exposition of the entire teachings of Buddhism. ..."
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"This sixth revised edition is a cooperative effort of the BPS and Pariyatti.
In this edition the abbreviation scheme and reference systems have been
modernised. Moreover, some of the “source notes”—made in an age
when digital search tools were not available, and originally located in an
appendix—have been revised by me in order to accurately reflect the first
occurrences of terms and to avoid duplication of statements already found in
the entries. The British spelling of words has been retained."
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