Help add resources!

Dear Sujato, I have a large amount of original audiovisual material, most of which is on my YouTube channel. I would be happy to post the links here. However I am concerned that because I am rather opinionated and independent-minded, some people may be offended.

Basically, my concept is Suttānta: that the Suttas are the prime source of the Buddha’s teaching, and that derivative works like the Commentaries and Abhidhamma should be read critically to avoid being led astray. Further, much of the material in the Commentaries appears to be based on speculative grammatical techniques imported from South Indian Hinduism, specifically the school of Śāṅkarācārya, who used similar techniques in his commentaries on Vedānta. Also, these have the effect of introducing a yogic and religious framework not found in the Suttas that dilutes their remarkable stylistic uniformity, logical consistency and ontological coherence.

Finally, since the Buddha presented his teachings in the context of Vedic thought, some background is needed for contemporary people to appreciate the Suttas properly. Many early translations suffer from lack of this context, so I attempt to provide it. Philosophically I pretty much follow Buddhadāsa Bhikkhu and Bhikkhu Ñāṇananda, my mentor. Would this view be acceptable on SC?

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I would like to offer a link to a storehouse of Analayo’s work:



I saw this board recommended on another forum.

What are the rules for user-submitted translations from Pali to English?


Hi Derek,

Nice to see you here! We don’t really have any rules as far as user submissions go. If you have any translations of Pali texts, you are welcome to post them here, on our forum, in the translation category.

If you would like to have your translations considered for inclusion on our main site, maybe you could start by letting us know a little bit about yourself, what your experience is, and what translation work you’ve been doing.

It’s a matter of discerning what needs to be translated next. I’ve noticed that the best translations are still in copyright. The ones that can be freely reproduced are often not the best.

Indeed, hence:


Wow! I do approve of your translation goals, namely, plain English and no copyright. We need translations that speak to ordinary people, not fussy/literal ones that show off the translator’s knowledge of Pali. But 18 months??? I think you’d have to work hard to do MN alone in 36 months.

Thanks! Yes, this is very much the aim.

Well, I’ve already translated the Anguttara and Samyutta, and am about two thirds through the Majjhima. Also, note that Brahmali is doing the Vinaya.


I have a file of a bunch of pāli resources - is that something I could post? Where would I post it?

You’re most welcome to post links to any material dealing with Pali here, so long as it does not contravene copyright. Just make a thread, and give it a nice descriptive title. It’d be helpful to make a list of files in the post.

Thank you bhante. Which subforum would be most appropriate?

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As you see fit, depending what it is: a/v, essays, translations, etc.

Hello Bhante!

I have gathered a collection of audio talks inspired by the teachings found in the early Buddhist texts—mostly by such respected teachers as Ajahn Brahm, Ajahn Brahmali and of course yourself!—I would like to share here.

All audio talks are encoded in 16kbps-11kHz-Mono mp3 format (without significant loss from the original recording) which enables easy access even on slow mobile connections (at approximately 8 MB per hour). Nonetheless the entire archive is approximately 30 GB in size, so before I start uploading away please let me know if this will cause any storage problems on the server side.

And since Sutta Central is not only such an amazing resource content-wise—for which I extend my deepest gratitude :anjal: and respect—but also designed with a sense for beauty and ease of access, just posting a bunch of links would not do. So I figured I can put up something like this (in a not-too-burdensome semi-automatic way):

Example #1—a simple list
Bhante Sujato—Dhammathreads—Season 2

Example #2—a less simple list
Bhante Sujato, Ajahn Brahmali—Early Buddhism Course—BSWA 2013

Most data is extracted directly from the mp3 tags, so not much work there, and since Discourse is such a smart platform it references uploaded files with their SHA1 hash, which actually allows for the markdown in the examples to be generated beforehand (so at the time of posting not all download links will resolve yet, but will work once the files are uploaded to D&D). The only laborious part will be uploading the files themselves since I’m on a fairly usable mobile connection with a large enough cap.

I was striving for simplicity so everything in the example is pure markdown, the table layout even looks decent on the mobile device. If you have any other design or content consideration I will appreciate any input.

Thank you for the opportunity to share this resources with all the friends in the dhamma and thank you (and the entire team behind SC and D&D) for all the hard work behind the scenes to make this the greatest access point to the teachings of the Buddha!


Hi Musiko, that is great, thank you so very much. As you say, they look great.

The only thing, I’d suggest putting these on their own threads, each course or whatever on a single thread. It makes it easier for someone to find. You should be able to just copy and paste from your post here.


Thank you, Bhante, my thoughts exactly. I just wanted to make sure the total upload size was not an issue before I start.

I have started posting separate threads for each topic and edited the above examples accordingly.


… I have found some resources for AV on youtube which i am enjoying. Before I start uploading or posting links per OP, it would help to be reassured it’s appropriate material.

Ajahn Sona’s video series
My Life, My Practice. Interviews with monastics and teachers it seems

Ajahn Sona’s Dhama talks on a large variety of topics

Ajahn Sona’s talk at Stanford which is partly autobiographical

I have searched for Sona on SC and found it only as historical reference in EBTs and in Discussion.

or with the topic unpinned, should i leave this for another time well after the party I mean update? ty

Sure, that would be lovely.

You can share it in the AV category. If you put the link to the video on it’s own line it will expand and should show the video.

ok tyvm will be adding one by one each with its own post.

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