Three separate Pali classes with James Whelan

Keep this link safe for James’s Friday Classes

You may attend one or more of these three classes:

(1) Word clinic 2.00pm, (2) Primer language class 3.10pm, and (3) Tutorial language class 3.45pm

Word clinic: 2:00pm – 3:00pm BST
Comfort break: 3:00pm – 3:10pm BST
Primer language class: 3:10pm – 3:40pm BST
Comfort break 3:40pm – 3:45pm BST
Tutorial language class: 3:45pm – 4:45pm BST

The Pali Word Clinic 2.00pm to 3.00pm BST.
In these Word Clinic Pali classes James will explain and explore the meaning of Buddhist terms used in the Dhammapada. A grounding in Buddhist teachings and terms is an advantage.

The Primer Language Class: 3.10pm to 3.40pm BST.
In these classes the Lily de Silva’s Pali Primer will be used. A free download of the Primer is available from the Vipassana Research Institute website. If you have difficulty in downloading the copy, or in buying a hard copy, let James know and he will send you pdfs of scans from his hard copy.

The Tutorial Class: 3.45pm to 4:45pm BST.
These classes will be more like university tutorials, where students have committed some serious effort to studying the lessons in advance. They will bring their questions, doubts and difficulties for discussion and elucidation. The core material of the class will be dealing with those questions, doubts and difficulties identified by the students during their private study of the text of the lesson. James will also be testing their understanding.

Everyone is welcome to any or all of the above classes.

Event Details: All meeting times are 🇬🇧 BST. If you are not in the UK, click here to see different time zones on the world clock.

James WhelanJames’s first contact with Buddhism was as an undergraduate in 1965. Following a period in ashrams in India in 1967-1968, and practice in the Tibetan and Zen traditions back in the UK in the 1970s, he now practises mainly in the Theravada tradition. As a linguist, he has had a lifelong interest in accessing the teachings of Buddhism directly through the original Pali and Sanskrit texts. He has produced an edition of the Bodhicaryāvatāra of Shāntideva, designed to assist readers with even only slight knowledge of Sanskrit to access it in the original. James currently runs Pali classes via Golden Buddha Centre. He plans to continue to produce editions of Pali and Sanskrit texts to make them accessible to English-speakers, and to increase the scope and extent of the online teaching of Pali and Sanskrit.

In the meantime:

This is a Pali/Sanskrit Zoom class from the Golden Buddha Centre, Totnes, on the exploration of the word ‘puñña’ — often translated as ‘merit’.

James Whelan, the speaker, makes it clear, however, that there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.

Buddhist Pali class on line.

Buddhism on Zoom

Golden Buddha Centre Zoom Channel from Totnes.


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