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Essentials of Pali- Language and Literature

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Item Code: UAW206
Author: C. Upendra Rao
Language: English
Edition: 2023
ISBN: 9789391985059
Pages: 200
Other Details 10.00 X 6.50 inch
Weight 500 gm
Book Description

This book entitled "Essentials of Pall Language and Literature" is unique in several aspects. It explains the role of Pall in the history and culture of India. Pali is a significant language that contains the unparalleled words of the Bhagavan Buddha. Being the ancient language of India, Pall preserves Indian history and several other aspects of Indian culture. Therefore forgetting this language proves a significant loss. Pall is our ancient language which shows a dynamic role in the Linguistics of the entire Jambudvipa. Pali language and literature influence Indian languages and literature. Pali has extensive literature, and this book attempts to elaborate on all those aspects. Besides, this book discusses the significant relationship between the 'Chandas' and Pall, including its linguistic relation with the Prakrit and Sanskrit languages.

This book also explains the importance of Pali literature, both canonical and non-canonical. Besides, it discusses Buddhist philosophy, such as four noble truths, eightfold path. Nirvana, etc. It also discusses the philosophical views of six wandering monks. The most important aspect of this book is, It discusses some of the texts of non-canonical Pall literature, such as "VajirasaraSangaho" and "Dasavatthuppakarana." This book shows the linguistic influence of Pall on Khmer and Thai languages and its unique role in Southeast Asia through several Pali inscriptions and manuscripts.

Prof. Dr. C. Upendra Rao is a prominent scholar in Pali, Sanskrit, and Indic Studies. He is the Senior Professor in the School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. New Delhi, and teaches Pall and Sanskrit. As a Chairperson of Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies at JNU.. Prof. Rao has served the university in various ways and was appointed as a Visiting professor on ICCR Chair of Buddhist Studies, Govt. of India in Cambodia. He has extensively written and published research papers and books in Sanskrit. Pall, Hindi, Telugu, and English and authored 25 books on Indic Studies, including the Pall, and received awards and certificates of honors from various Institutions in India and abroad.

He was a visiting professor in the Latvia University, Riga, Latvia, Europe: National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine: L. N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan; Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Department of History. Belarus State University, Minsk. Belarus; Hue Quang Buddhist Monastery, Hochiminh city, Vietnam, South East Asia. He delivered lectures and Presented several papers at international conferences held in Foreign Countries, and was associated with the translation project from the Khyentse Foundation as part of the Buddhist Literary Heritage Project (BLHP) to translate the "Arya Pita Putra Samvadasūtra." He is serving various educational Institutions as a member of their academic bodies.


It's a great pleasure to write a foreword to the book authored by Prof. Chowduri Upendra Rao, the celebrated scholar of Pali and Sanskrit from India. I'm glad to be acquainted with him for the last several years. He came to Vietnam and participated in Buddhist conferences, and later taught the Sanskrit in Hue Quang Buddhist monastery of Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam. I'm so happy, not just because I knew Prof. Rao personally, but because I also highly appreciate the academic values, he contributed to developing the Pali, Sanskrit, and Indic Studies over the decades. He is a prominent scholar of Sanskrit and Buddhist philosophy with many books, monographs, research papers, article, and book reviews published.

Prof. C. Upendra Rao's book entitled "Essentials of Pali, Language and Literature" is an exhaustive exposition of Pali as a language, literature, and philosophy. This book serves as a valuable guide to Pali's origins and impacts on Indian and other language systematically. It also describes the works of Pali literature, including the canonical and non-canonical works. Prof. Rao has presented profound elucidations to the misconceptions of the Pali language. These misconceptions are held by some Indian and Foreign scholars as well.


The role of Pali is a crucial in the history and culture of India. Pali is a significant language for understanding the Theravada literature. The unparalleled words of Buddha are preserved in Pali literature. It preserves the Indian culture, hence an attempt to understand the Indian culture without the knowledge of Pal literature is a futile exercise. Pali is also an important source for understanding early Buddhist philosophy. Forgetting the Pali is a great loss for India, because Pali is our ancient language. Pali shows a dynamic role in the Linguistics of India, it preserves the treasure of vocabulary. Indian languages and literatures are influenced by Pali language and literature. The famous book 'Dhammapada' was composed in the Pali language. Not only for Buddhist philosophy and literature, being one of the ancient languages of India, Pali occupied a prominent place in the history of India. Through Buddhist literature, Pali reveals the most important incidents, which had occurred in India during Buddha's period and even later period. Thus Pali presents the Indian history from 6th century B. C. to 6th Century C.E.

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