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  • Pali Canon In Your Pocket

    I recently purchased all three currently available editions of Canon translations (BPS/Wisdom) for my Kindle (I also have the paper editions) via amazon.com. The Kindle (or its equivalent app on other device e.g iPad) has an excellent search and annotation functions.

    I was listening to a sutta discussion by Ven Dhiravamso last night when he mentioned Anathapindika, one of the Buddha's great lay supporters, and said that he was described many times in the Canon. I decided to test this and opened up my Kindle Majjhima Nikaya and searched -- within a second I found 98 search results that I could immediately access. Some mentions were in the commentaries, but still that was a very amazing primer on the man. (Also chapter 9 of "Great Disciples of the Buddha" is devoted to him -- if by some chance you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it).
    One advantage to the Kindle is that one can read Kindle books on many other devices, such as a home computer, an iPhone, an iPad, Android phone -- even my Blackberry. That means I can carry the Long/Middle/Connected Discourses with me at all times. Without hurting my wrists!
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    Majjhima Nikaya (Middle Length Discourses)
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    Digha Nikaya (Long Discourses)
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    Samyutta Nikaya (Connected Discourses)
    Although the above-mentioned translated books by Bhikkhu Bodhi are not available on the web, a surprising number of BPS' shorter publications are available for download in e-format at http://www.bps.lk/onlinelibrary.asp

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