a primer in chinese buddhist writings

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a primer in chinese buddhist writings

Post by Huseng » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:16 am

Free materials for learning to read Buddhist writings in Classical Chinese:

http://religiousstudies.stanford.edu/a- ... -writings/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: a primer in chinese buddhist writings

Post by Tom » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:37 am

Just what I was looking for! Thanks.

Any other resources for someone starting to make their way into Chinese Buddhist texts? What are the best dictionaries? etc.

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Re: a primer in chinese buddhist writings

Post by Huseng » Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:28 am

Tom wrote:Just what I was looking for! Thanks.

Any other resources for someone starting to make their way into Chinese Buddhist texts? What are the best dictionaries? etc.
Digital Dictionary of Buddhism is the best resource in English for terminology as well as brief descriptions of key figures and texts in East Asia:

http://www.buddhism-dict.net/ddb/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Dharma Drum Mountain has a digital database of Buddhist figures which lists their dates and any texts associated with them:

http://authority.ddbc.edu.tw/person/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


If you read Chinese already, this is a useful digital compilation of multiple dictionaries:

http://buddhaspace.org/dict/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


zdic.net is useful as it combines several modern dictionaries:

http://www.zdic.net/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;


Actually, if you download Lingoes you can have several Chinese-English dictionaries pop up when you hover your cursor over words. You can download the big Hanyu Da Cidian 漢語大詞典, too, which is what zdic.net primarily uses.

http://www.lingoes.net/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

This is also useful for quickly recalling the pinyin of characters when reading something.


Also Buddhist Door has several other dictionaries and glossaries available, such as Hirakawa's Chinese-Sanskrit index.

http://dictionary.buddhistdoor.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: a primer in chinese buddhist writings

Post by Tom » Mon Nov 24, 2014 2:13 pm

Fantastic! I have been using Digital Dictionary of Buddhism but the others I was not aware of. Thanks again.

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Re: a primer in chinese buddhist writings

Post by Huseng » Mon Nov 24, 2014 3:00 pm

Also, if you read Japanese this has multiple resources which give details, sometimes detailed, on Buddhist figures and concepts:

https://kotobank.jp/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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