English, Linux, Research, Tech, Theravada Study August 21st, 2010
Now we switch to Golden Dict since Stardict is not developed any more. Golden Dict also has the similar functions like Stardict, and Stardict dictionaries can be used with Golden Dict.
Simply copy the dictionaries (of Stardict) to the folder “content” of Golden Dict. Add and check the path in the Files tab (from menu Edit>Dictionaries), Click Rescan now. Then OK, you are now ready to use! That’s it!
The aims of this post is to introduce you to Stardict, a free & opensource international dictionary, provide some useful and free dictionaries including Pāli-English English-Pāli. Whenever you visit a web page in Pāli, just select or double click on a Pāli word, Stardict will auto look up the meanings of that word in English, you do not need to type the Pāli word.
If you want to type Pāli word, please see part 5. And if you just want to read the Tipitaka in Pali, you can use Pāli Text Reader, Pāli Text Reader itself contains Pāli-English dictionary.
This post has 5 parts as listed bellow:
1-What is Stardict
2-Downnload& Install Stardict
3-Add dictionaries to Stardict
4-Stardict pronounces English words
5-More Pāli resources
1-What is Stardict?
StarDict is a Cross-Platform and international dictionary Software. It has powerful features such as “Glob-style pattern matching”, “Scan selection word,” “Fuzzy query,” etc. Stardict Version3.0 has developed a lot of new functions, such as Full-text translation, Net Dict.
- Mouse Inquiry: When “scan” option is selected, you can capture the words via mouse to translate.
- More Powerful!: Thousands of free dictionaries can be found on the internet. Choose your own favorites.
- Net Dict : Dictionary installation on your own computer is not necessary any more. Click the main menu icon on the top right of the corner, choose “Preferences” option. Here you can set Net dict. Register or log on your account, then you can use the Net Dict with your own dictionaries.
- Full-text translation: Click text translate icon on the left. With google, yahoo, Altavista, Excite Janpan translation engines you can tranlate from one language to another with satisfactory results.
- My other posts about Stardict can be found Here
2-Downnload& Install Stardict
3-Add dictionaries to Stardict
Here are some of Stardict Dictionaries that I am using:
1) English-Pali của ngài A.P. Buddhadatta
2) Pali-English của ngài A.P. Buddhadatta
3) Pali-Việt của ngài Bửu Chơn
4) Thuật ngữ Luật tạng Pali-Việt của Sư Giác Nguyên
5) Abhidhamma Pali-Việt của ngài Tịnh Sự
6) Việt-Pali của Sadi Định Phúc
7) Pali-English English-Pali Dictionary
8) Pali-English Dictionary-Pali Text Society
9) CKJ Buddhism Dictionary
1- Startdict-Buddhism-3dics.zip contents 3 dictionaries: CKJ Buddhism Dictionary, Pali-English English-Pali Dictionary, Buddhist Dictionary by Ven. Nyanatiloka Mahathera:
2- Here are some useful dictionaries for Vietnamese (En-Vn, Vn-En, Fr-Vn, Vn-Fr, Vn-Vn, Rus-Vn) 6 dictionaries
YOU CAN ALSO DOWNLOAD THEM FROM HERE:
For other language dictionaries you can download them from http://stardict.sourceforge.net/Dictionaries.php
If you are using Ubuntu Linux and new to Ubuntu, you can use this method:
Firstly, right click on the downloaded compressed file and choose Extract Here, you will get a new folder (*).
Now open the Terminal (Go to the menu Applications/Accessories/Terminal) type:
provide your root password, then the nautilus (like window explorer on Window^^) will be opened. Now just browse to the uncompress folder (*) and copy them to usr/share/stardict/dic.
Or you can use this method:
To install these tarball dictionaries, do this:
tar -xjvf a.tar.bz2
sudo mv a /usr/share/stardict/dic
B – Install Dictionaries in Window OS:
Use free uncompress program 7 Zip or other unzip softwares like Winrar…. to extract the .tar.bz2 file, which you get a directory, then move this directory to the dic\, such as C:\Program files\stardict\dic\
C- Install Dictionaries in Mac OS X:
tar -xjvf a.tar.bz2 -C /opt/gtk/usr/share/stardict/dic
4-Stardict pronounces English words
3- Pāli Keyboard and typing (now Window version only): http://www.tipitaka.org/keyboard
A Pali-English text reader Firefox Extension that allows Pali students to read the Pali Canon. Automatically recognizes pali words and gives definitions from the CPED and PED, as well as DPPN if available. Includes text search and dictionary lookup.
How is the Valuable Life
by Ven. U Dhammapala
I’m thinking one thing that how to attain a valuable life. Can I ask you a question if you want it or not? What is the most valuable thing in your daily life? How do you make it worth? That’s the essence of life. Now, I would like to share some of my consideration to you. Firstly, how is the valuable life? There’re many aspects of our life that we’re making business within the environment from which our behavior or manner would come from our heart and our mind profoundly or not. Many relationships among each other are formularised in a range of ways. As for, the society of human world is featured with craving and competition on daily basis which complicate consequently all of our human mind. For the survival of human beings in a modernized world, we’re earning our lives such as worker, vendor ..etc…. Any time we wondered that we had ever opened our heart to them while contact with those people outside! What are the meaning of words “Open the heart toward someone”? It is a common way in the society that we used to be experienced. Our human contact with others is usually disguised by a diplomatic bodily appearance of an opposite hidden mind. Actually, we have a lack of truthfulness, lovingkindness as well as great mind in the human life. Isn’t it?
Whenever a profitable thing comes up, especially in two of people, the nature of mind could be excitedly manifested in full such as jealousy, envy… during the trade affairs. The acquaintances of any relation might be commonly based on the sides of benefits which lead to a life standard in this turbulent city. Otherwise, any irrelevant that is obviously unprofitable will remain forgetful. That is the nature of a modernized world? Everything must be behaved like this, isn’t it? Regarding this, you might know more than me. Is it true? For me, in our daily life, it is much better we strive to deal with each other by lovingkindness, by truthfulness, in having a proper relationship or behavior among others on a kindhearted basis, that not only for business environment but larger community of people in living areas. This will bring you a fruitful life of good relationship, good harmony, valuable deeds which is resulting in a wide range of nice human being society.
Stress on important thing that we could do much better and better for others. Thus, I expect we should have wise attention to help people be alleviated from their suffering, be overcome with many difficulties of the diseases, danger…. It is an ideal man when we know how to praise our good mind further, how to maintain a meaningful ways of living that is by keeping delivery of our eternal loving kindness, compassionate, congratulation, equanimity … to more and more people that are in needs of our help. Doing the things day by days, our mind become more mature and happy to enjoy life so far so good. For this, I would not be sure that you can be wealthy or not one day but it is assured that you can make your life empowered with a strong confidence to be gained from what you have done little by little of valuable thing in your daily life. You have many choices and you can choose whatever you want. What is the most valuable thing that you need to do.
If you want to be successful you should open your mind to treat others with lovingkindness, compassionate, congratulation, and equanimity as you expected to yourself. Indeeds, you will gain more benefits, instead of getting loss.
I’m thinking as well a word of “understanding” . What do you think about it? Every day by our tainted mind we are eager to know more about others so as to get more understanding outside but even we’ve never aware of knowing more about ourselves, instead. On the other hand, we expected to be appreciated by others on our things done. We’re so happy to get praise any time. It is easy to understand that we simply see unwisely ourselves by the view of others regardless wrong or right. That is not right way. We should seek the understanding of others by knowing ourselves first, instead, we must empathize ourselves of what doing good or bad by understanding clearly of who I am and how I am. Otherwise, you would see the world so hard as a stone without mind. So, what is more important? Yourself or others? If you do not have wisdom to understand yourself, your heart would become like a stone! You’re never satisfied yourself; never get happy in your life. As a result, your mind is never mature and understanding.
We will understand others properly in the second steps after we fully know ourselves first. Here, the meaning is if we are not so skillful to read our mind we could not be able to read other’s mind. In your daily life, when you deal with people, you should use wise attention. Your wise attention is an efficient tool of wisdom to help yourself and others in a proper way to gain more benefits in Dhamma ways. Thus, you will easily relieve many barriers of community and even more full understanding of others in your environment. That will produce you an ability of an easy adaptation in your life and handling efficiently most difficult situation with others in the society.
With clear understanding of your surroungdings, your mind is ready to open for receiving new things or accept others. From this, your heart will be able to distribute more lovingkindness, compassionate, congratulation and equanimity to others easily.
In facts, any giving of donation or doing things with the mind of lovingkindness, compassionate, congratulation and equanimity as above, that will bring you to many benefits in daily life as well as in developing your relevant parami.
The same as whenever you’re eager to help others in one way without any response back to you, by lovingkindness and compassionate, congratulation to other one’s success and have equanimity on bad things or difficult. If we understood clearly those, we can produce a valuable life to do a lot of wholesome kamma by our open heart. It is a basic fundamental of good deeds that we’re improving life by life to follow the great example of our Bodhisatta. He, the One had spent 4 Cynthia and 100,000 world cycle to have good deeds with a wish to carry out the valuable things in each life throughout His Samsara until He enlightened. It is so wonderful to learn that from Our Omniscient.
In order to improve our good thinking of what we can do in our life, every time we pay respect to the Buddha, please do not forget to admire The Buddha’s qualities and things He has done for valuable things during His samsaras. For that, it will inspire us to practice diligently.
That is my way of thinking. Finally, I wish you all could do most valuable things in your life in the Happy New Year 2009
The mind is hard to check,
swift, flits wherever it listeth:
to control it is good.
A controlled mind is conducive to happiness. [Dhmpd.– 35]