Sanskrit and Pali
I recently spent 10 days at a Vipassana silent meditation course, and found the teaching discourses full of words I kinda sorta in-a-way know. For example, dhamma sounds an awful lot like dharma, kamma like karma, and is sankara the same as samskara?
It turns out these words are in Pali, and they seem familiar because of the Sanskrit words I’ve learned from the Yoga Sutras.
What’s the relationship between Pali and Sanskrit, I wanted to know. After wading through the corner of the world that is Google search engine, I found some interesting articles:
- Pali and Sanskrit
- A discussion of Pali and its relation to Sanskrit on Hubpages
- Relations between Sanskrit, Pali, the Prakrits and the Modern Vernacalars (a very scholarly and old treatment, you may need some caffeine to get through this one 🙂 )
Happy reading, and if you find this kind of stuff interesting, welcome to my world! 🙂