Sanskrit/Pali Textbook class

Understanding Buddhism in the original Pali and Sanskrit

Sanskrit/Pali Textbook class at the Golden Buddha Centre

Fridays 2.00-3.30pm (odd numbered weeks) with James Whelan

Burmese tamarind-seed large script in black lacquer. © V&V London

In these Sanskrit/Pali classes one week is of the more formal kind of study. and the following week is more informal and less structured.

We call these respectively the “text book” approach and the “word clinic” approach.

Everyone is welcome to attend either or both classes.

Please note: The word-clinic is held on the even numbered weeks (see standard week-numbering system in calendars and diaries), and the textbook classes are held on the odd numbered weeks.

Holiday dates: Final session: 20th December; restart 10th January.

Click here for the Word-clinic page.


Pali. Burmese tamarind-seed large script in black lacquer.
Paginated with Burmese letters.
Interlines: decorated with snippets of gilt foliage.
Borders: decorated with gilt running acheik patterns.
Middle folio margins: (1.5 cm).; decorated with a repeating lotus pattern.
First folio recto: decorated with a series of 7 interlaced compartments filled with alternating deva and naga figures.

Burmese tamarind-seed large script in black lacquer. © V&V London

 

 

 

 

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  1. Week 51 Friday 20th December – textbook class

    At the Friday 6th December class, by common consent we treated it as more of a word-clinic session. We got to the end of page 19 of Johansson’s Pali Buddhist Texts, but giving more emphasis to the analysis of individual words rather than the grammar. We did not look at the grammar book Easy Introduction to Pali.
    The preparation for the next textbook session on Friday 20th December is set out below.
    If the common consensus at any time is that a particular textbook class should take the format of a word-clinic and be more of a general discussion of the meanings of words and phrases rather than formal grammar and analytical study of a text, then of course that is what we will do.

    Advance preparation for Friday 20th December:

    Students to have prepared in advance:
    (a) up to and including lesson 3 in Easy Introduction to Pali;
    (b) from Johansson Pali Buddhist Texts: The short passage on page 23: Definition of Suffering.
    In the class (theoretically – see above):
    First 45 minutes:
    ● Discussion of any difficulties and questions arising out of lesson 3 and earlier lessons.
    ● Work through some of the exercises.
    Second 45 minutes:
    ● Analysis of the above section from Pali Buddhist Texts.

  2. Week 49 Friday 6th December – textbook class

    Advance preparation:

    Students to have prepared in advance:
    (a) up to and including lesson 3 in Easy Introduction to Pali;
    (b) from Johansson Pali Buddhist Texts: last paragraph of the passage entitled Experience Is the Only Criterion at page 19; and the short passage on page 23: Definition of Suffering.

    In the class:
    First 45 minutes:
    ● Discussion of any difficulties and questions arising out of lesson 3 and earlier lessons.
    ● Work through some of the exercises.
    Second 45 minutes:
    ● Analysis of the above sections from Pali Buddhist Texts.

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