How do you use SuttaCentral Voice?

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SuttaCentral Voice, although being still in its infancy, has meanwhile become a little bit known among the D&D community. Monitoring the sound caches shows us that it seems to be much more used than we, the Voice team, suspected. And it is used in quite different ways than what we suspected.

This now makes us curious to learn more about how people use SC-Voice.

Please give us your feedback here. This can help

  • to inform future steps of development,
  • and to help other (new) users in finding out what they can do with SC-Voice. (This thread will be linked to the SC-Voice About / Help page, so people can directly find some information on how others are using SC-Voice.)

Many thanks for your feedback! :anjal:

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I am more than happy to share my way of use of the SC-Voice although it is quite specific so I am not sure if it is useful.
My main purpose is to memorise suttas (either excerpts or the entire suttas) in Pāli with understanding of meaning. For example, I downloaded MN21, cut out some sections (SC 19.12 to SC 21.7), edited the audio file so that each Pāli phrase can be followed by the corresponding translation. For example, the Pāli in SC19.13 is too long for me to remember at once (‘na ceva no cittaṃ vipariṇataṃ bhavissati, na ca pāpikaṃ vācaṃ nicchāressāma hitānukampī ca viharissāma mettacittā na dosantarā.) , so I edited as follows.
‘na ceva no cittaṃ vipariṇataṃ bhavissati,
Our minds will remain unaffected.
na ca pāpikaṃ vācaṃ nicchāressāma
We will blurt out no bad words.
hitānukampī ca viharissāma mettacittā na dosantarā.
We will remain full of compassion, with a heart of love and no secret hate.’
I did similar things to other suttas. I put the edited files into a mp3 player and listen to them repeatedly.
I really appreciate SC-Voice. Thank you very much for developing it.


Bhante @sujato, Kaz’s comment is interesting and unexpectedly resonant. It suggests that finer grained segmentation might be of value. I also struggle with the larger pali verses and simply give up listening after about a line or two of Pali. My scary example is this:

Cuddasa kho panimāni yonipamukhasatasahassāni saṭṭhi ca satāni cha ca satāni pañca ca kammuno satāni pañca ca kammāni tīṇi ca kammāni kamme ca aḍḍhakamme ca dvaṭṭhipaṭipadā dvaṭṭhantarakappā chaḷābhijātiyo aṭṭha purisabhūmiyo ekūnapaññāsa ājīvakasate ekūnapaññāsa paribbājakasate ekūnapaññāsa nāgāvāsasate vīse indriyasate tiṃse nirayasate chattiṃsa rajodhātuyo satta saññīgabbhā satta asaññīgabbhā satta nigaṇṭhigabbhā satta devā satta mānusā satta pisācā satta sarā satta pavuṭā satta pavuṭasatāni satta papātā satta papātasatāni satta supinā satta supinasatāni cullāsīti mahākappino satasahassāni, yāni bāle ca paṇḍite ca sandhāvitvā saṃsaritvā dukkhassantaṃ karissanti.


I appreciate the use case, but we won’t be playing with segmenting of the Pali.


We use SC Voice in a moving vehicle. Reading text off a screen in a moving vehicle gives me a headache easily, so we listen to Amy.


Mostly I use it for the awesome search box :joy: Occasionally I’ll listen to something from the MN as a bedtime story :sleeping_bed:


Amy is awesome, isn’t she? :star_struck: :star_struck: :star_struck:

Hope that makes you sleep well! :sleeping::first_quarter_moon_with_face: :star:


Just started using it, an excellent resource! :blush: