The Pāli Language: Level 2
Begin to read the Pāli Canon in its original language, in this intermediate Pāli course taught by Gair and Karunatillake’s excellent progressive reader and guided step-by-step, as always, by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
What is the Pāli Language?
Pāli is the liturgical language of Theravada Buddhism. An ancient, colloquial relative of Sanskrit, Pāli benefits from a number of ambiguities and variations. A testament to Pāli’s long history, such irregularities can make Pāli tricky to decipher, but (thankfully) did little to corrupt the Pali Canon as a record of the Buddha’s teachings. While the Pāli Canon is unlikely to be the verbatim words of the Buddha, studying the Pāli Language is still as close as we can get to hearing his original voice.
This course is an introduction to reading the Pāli Canon in its original language.
There are approximately 40 hours of lectures (depending on which section you take) and approximately as much homework.