SPPU to Publish Multilingual Dictionary for Comparative Buddhist Studies on Wednesday
Researchers conducting comparative studies of different Buddhist traditions can now easily access a multilingual Buddhist vocabulary dictionary.
The “Dictionary of Buddhist Terms” will be a unique book dealing with key words in Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan and English. Until now, the Buddhist vocabulary was available in all these languages, but in the form of individual dictionaries.
The book contains the second and third installments of a dictionary published last year. The new book will be published on Wednesday by the Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU).
This latest dictionary will take keywords in Pali, the base, and provide meanings in English. It will also provide equivalents in Tibetan, Sanskrit and Buddhist terminologies as well as their respective attestation in literature. The book aims to be used simultaneously to trace the changing meanings of Buddhist terminologies across space and time. Also, it can reveal both the common and unique vocabularies used in the Pali and Sanskrit Buddhist traditions.
The multilingual dictionary project, supported by Deshana, an Institute of Buddhist and Allied Studies and the Khyentse Foundation, was launched in June 2020.