Online Pali Courses


Thanks, Venerable. I’m highly empathetic with side-thorns! In any case, you’ve no pressure from me to race with the end of the universe, I was just trying to assess whether the thing was removed, or just down.


Blasphemy! :grinning:

Based on my confidence in the suttas, I’ll wager you an entire square of Old Gold chocolate that the universe will collapse before it starts all over, and so on ad infinitum. Take it or leave it!


Hello fellow Pali students,

There are translations of Gair & Karunatillake’s A New Course in Reading Pali:
Text in Russian:
Text in Chinese:
(No I read neither, though a few Chinese characters are recognisable. Found the Chinese recently thanks to Bhikkhu Bodhi’s mention of it in one of the last few lectures of Pali Primer.)

This book by U Hla Myint AN INTRODUCTION TO PĀḶI THE LANGUAGE OF THE BUDDHA uses some EBT passages to teach Pali
(Not as complicated as G&K. I thought it would be a good place to do further on the Verbs - active & reflective — since Yuttadhammo’s exercise at the back requires that, but I’m still stuck in fascination with the first Part on Nouns.)
The translation of agyāgāra in Lesson 6 led me to some interesting deductions.

PS - There is also a revision to UHM’s textbook:


Edit: I will be editing this post to add summaries from my notes, for those interested, but short on time. I will probably post that within a day. (Wed. Feb 21, '18)

This is probably reviving an old thread… please split if more appropriate! But there are so many excellent resources and thoughts shared here, I premeditatively cannot resist.

I would be very grateful to any multi lingual people to read your reactions to these two videos, which give partial contradictory advice on language acquisition for adults.

TEDxLingualUniversity Chris Lonsdale “Learning Languages in 6 months”

  1. TEDxUpperEastSide Sid Efromovich “5 Techniques to Speak Any. Language”

Both are aimed at natural language acquisition, so that may be relevant. As these are TED Talks, the videos take a chunck of time but some of you may be already familiar with the advice of these persons.

Ty in anticipation. If one lacks time, no worries, let the interested community rise again to respond. Metta.

see top of post for edit


This got away from me during some business; returning to it as i can

OCBS’ Pali 4.0: A Digital Approach in Learning Pali for the Contemporary Era:

Mentions SuttaCentral.

Ajahn Brahmali’s lessons based on Warder’s Introduction to Pali: Introduction to Pali – Wisdom & Wonders
A lot of work put into this; very easy to go to a specific point in Warder.


The Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies (OCBS) now offers online courses in Pāli for £69-£79/course. They have three courses:

  • Pāli Level 1 (absolute beginner)
  • Pāli Level 2 (intermediate)
  • Pāli Level 3 (advanced)

More information on their website:


For those with limited online connectivity: the full download optimised course is also available here at D&D


There are also a couple of YouTube channels now:



Wow, that Learn Pali course looks fantastic! Nice and clear explanations, with helpful illustrations as you go.


Is it worth posting as a topic in Courses?

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That’s really helpful! Thanks so much for sharing @figurehigh

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Bhikkhu Bodhi’s new offering has just started?

If Zoom overflows there’s a link to a livecast on YouTube which isn’t being recorded. A recording of which becomes available later.

It looks like he’s providing an easy way into his previously recorded lectures at A New Course In Reading Pali: Book + Audio Lessons + Answer Keys : James W. Gair, W. S. Karunatillake : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive.

Thank you @Brooks for mentioning this. :pray:


This is useful as a standalone, or as the first item in its own series:

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Pali Alphabet - Complete Lesson with Illustrations and subtitles


Pali Course by A. P. Buddhadatta

Also includes Part III, which was known as Higher Pali Course for advance students.
You can find it here.


I am also a Pali student. Working through G&K with Bhikkhu Bodhi’s recorded lectures available online. I don’t have any particular timeline for completion of my studies in Pali. It’s something I enjoy but refuse to let myself get too exasperated by my slow progress.

I also have some reprints of early translations from the PTS. That’s an interesting exercise in comparison with more modern translations. Earlier translations, such as those a hundred years or more ago, are replete with Victorian and Edwardian perspectives. That’s really instructive and remind me of something my head of school at university once said; that we cannot but see religious texts other than through the prism of our own time and place.

Enjoy your Pali studies.

with metta



@stephen Sas presents, on behalf of Bhikkhu Bodhi as mentioned above, a very excellent Level 1 Pali course here:


Found this way of learning Pali Pali Learning - Thamanay Kyaw Sayadaw | Tathagata Meditation Center when searching for tulyattha + liṅgattha (subject & predicate, a.k.a. Equational Sentence [G&K]) from [How to Read and Understand Aṭṭhakathā - YouTube]

Thanks to Ṭhānuttamo Bhikkhu on FB OCBS Pali Forum: a new textbook (possibly the same one mentioned by Bhante Sujato during the recent Sutta Nipāta readings (Snp4):
“Here’s the link:
It is also on and the Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary website in case you can’t download it via”

I got it from Sāsanārakkha Buddhist Sanctuary website


Below is a link to 3 Pali courses developed by Bhikkhu Bodhi, with Level 1 taught by Stephen Sas (as shared by Gillian).

There is a new textbook by Bhikkhu Bodhi, based on his Pali classes for SN. It is called:

“Reading the Buddha’s Discourses in Pali: A Practical Guide to the Language of the Ancient Buddhist Canon.”
At Amazon you can Look inside to see a part of it. You can buy it online either as Kindle or as hard copy.

The 3rd level Pāli course is ongoing, currently reading MN and Snp.