Sanskrit/Pali Word clinic

Terracotta tablets with a figure of Buddha teaching © V&A London

Sanskrit/Pali Word clinic class at the Golden Buddha Centre

Understanding Buddhism in the original Pali and Sanskrit

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

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 Textbook page.

 


Terracotta tablet with a figure of Buddha teaching. © V&A London

Terracotta tablet with a figure of Buddha teaching.

With thanks to the V&A London.

 



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  1. Week 50 Friday 13th December – word clinic

    We are currently going through the paticcasamuppāda (at e-page 158 of Nyanatiloka’s Buddhist Dictionary. On Friday 29th November we finished on a discussion of numbered item 6 at page 159: Phassa-paccayā vedanā. I propose to take up at that spot on the 13th. We looked in detail at the meaning and etymology of the word vedanā, from the root vid (to see, and by extension to know), and its linguistic affinity to video, vision, and English wit (in the older sense of the cognitive faculty).

    On the 29th we studied Dhammapada Chapter 2 Appamāda-vaggo verse 1, and extensively considered the meaning of the word pamādo and its negated form appamādo. These words and their grammatical variants figure prominently in the text we studied. We concluded that the standard translations such as “diligence”, “heedfulness” etc. get only a small part of the point and miss the rest.

    On the 13th (subject to any comments you want to send me in the meantime) we will go through the next verse, Dhammapada II.2. Fear not! I will not be inflicting on you the nitty gritty of the of the more complex grammar in this verse. As we are doing in the word clinic, we will focus on the individual key words and as a group effort seek to approach their real meanings.

    In addition, at the class on the 13th I want to reinforce our study of the vocabulary of death and the deathless (-mar– etc.) that features in the verse we have just done. One hoped for result is that you will have insight into the meaning of the well-known name Amaravati — and pronounce it correctly!

    No advance preparation necessary for the word clinic but, as always, some advance preparation might help to produce interesting and helpful questions.

    And I emphasise: if any of you have any particular words or phrases in Sanskrit or Pali that you want to clarify or delve deeper into, please do let me know. Preferably by email in advance.

  2. Week 48 Friday 29th November – word clinic

    We are currently going through the paticcasamuppāda (at e-page 158 of Nyanatiloka’s Buddhist Dictionary . On Friday 15th November we finished on a discussion of numbered item 5 at page 159: Saḷāyatana-paccayā phasso. I propose to take up at that spot on the 29th.

    Time permitting, I would also like to explore with you the key words pamādo and appamādo (Nyanatiloka e-page 29), and to go through with you Dhammapada, Chapter 2 Appamādavaggo, verse 1:

       appamādo amatapadam, pamādo maccuno padam
       appamattā na mīyanti, ye pamattā yathā matā

    The Buddha’s very last words are recorded as appamādena sampādetha: strive diligently!

    No advance preparation necessary for the word clinic but, as always, some advance preparation might help to produce interesting and helpful questions.

    And I emphasise: if any of you have any particular words or phrases in Sanskrit or Pali that you want to clarify or delve deeper into, please do let me know. Preferably by email in advance.

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