A Primer in Chinese Buddhist Writings
These are materials I have compiled for students and scholars to learn to read Buddhist texts in Chinese. This is very much a work in progress; suggestions for improvement are welcome.
NEW: Alex Amies has prepared a web-based version for volumes 1 and 2. Unlike the version below, which is a simple PDF for download, this version allows you to hover over characters to see their definitions from the glossary. (The latest version of Volume 1 is the PDF version; I need to update the following):
NEWER: Jeff Jongeward has built a Pleco dictionary for volumes 1, 2 and 3.
The first volume does not assume any knowledge of Chinese, but may be of use to even advanced readers of classical Chinese unfamiliar with Buddhist texts. The second volume builds on the first, continuing to focus on texts originating in India. The third volume introduces texts composed in China.
Note: The vocabulary for Volume 1 can be found in Quizlet.com (search for “Primer in Chinese Buddhist Writings”) which allows the user to learn vocabulary with digital flashcards. (Thanks to Bhikkhu Dhamma-dāsa for his help with this).
Ch. C. has kindly made available for download audio recordings of the text.
For Volume 3, flashcards are available through “Anki.” To use these, you can download the Anki program to your device here (http://ankisrs.net/). nce you have done that, you can download the file for Volume 3. (Thanks to Simon Wiles for setting this up).
- Review of Lock and Linebarger, Chinese Buddhist Texts: An Introductory Reader.
- Luke Clossey and Vlad Vintila, "Interpreting Foreign Language Learning into a History Classroom," The History Teacher, Vol.52, No.2 (February 2019), pp.333-335.
- John Lee and Tak-sum Wong, "Conversational Network in the Chinese Buddhist Canon," Open Linguistics (2016) 2, pp.427-436.
— John Kieschnick
john.kieschnick [at] stanford.edu (john[dot]kieschnick[at]stanford[dot]edu)