Sunday, October 2, 2011

Buddhist translations and terms (video)


The self-described stream-enterer Jhananda (Jeffrey S. Brooks) speaks of the language of gnosis in English, Pali, and Sanskrit. In dialogue with Adam Murray, he links mystic Christian terms with Pali and Sanskrit Buddhist terms as distinct from Hindu terminology old and new.

The Dalai Lama (Vajrayana) recognizes different meanings.

They are speaking at the GWV Wilderness Retreat on the Verde River at Perkinsville, Arizona. The central terms covered are:

  • ekaggatha, one-pointedness
  • samadhi, concentration
  • jhana, ecstasy
Why is Wisdom Publications choosing to publish the translators and translations they choose? The emergence of Mahayana Buddhism and the translation of the Pali Canon into Sanskrit produced translation errors, and subtle errors in Buddhist philosophy stem from these mistakes.