Online Pali Courses


Oh wow, very interesting! I wonder what he thought about the pali module of the course…


He enjoyed it. Now he’s teaching Pali himself!


Ok, great, good to know, thanks Venerable Sujato.


Yes, we are aware of this. It’s on our agenda to fix this, but as always it’s uncertain when it will happen.


Hi Aminah,

That server has been a thorn in my side for a long time. PJ, the BSWA webmaster, plans to set up a dedicated server for all things BSWA. Judging by previous experience, this may be done before the heat death of the universe. But probably not before the rains retreat, which I was hoping. I would then be responsible for installing OwnCloud or NextCloud and transferring the talks over.

However, after a short chat with my neighbors in the office here, this is looking pretty good:

The 36 euro plan would provide oodles of space and no restrictions on bandwidth. I’ve mentioned this to PJ and Sol Hanna, so we’ll see what happens.

With metta,




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:

The room where your (sacred) fire is kept/Fire-Room/Kitchen/a heated room?

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: