Online Pali classes with James Whelan

Three separate Pali classes with James Whelan

Keep this link safe for James’s Friday Classes https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86926543701

You may attend one or more of these three classes:

As from Friday 28th May 2021 the arrangement of the classes is changing. Instead of running all three classses back to back evey Friday, the primer language class and the tutorial class will alternate, so that the timetable is now:

In odd-numbered weeks (starting in week 21 on Friday 28th May 2021):

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

(Note that the primer language class is now one hour instead of 30 minutes as before.)

In even-numbered weeks (starting in week 22 on Friday 4th June 2021):

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


The Pali Word Clinic 2.00pm to 3.00pm BST.
In these Word Clinic Pali classes the primary focus is on the vocabulary and the meanings of the terms used in the Dhammapada, with secondary focus on the grammar and syntax. A grounding in Buddhist teachings and terms is an advantage.

The Primer Language Class: Odd-numbered weeks 3.10pm to 4.10pm BST.
In these classes the Lily de Silva’s Pali Primer will be used.

The Tutorial Class: Even-numbered weeks 3.10pm to 4:10pm 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. We are currently using Gair and Karunatillake, A New Course in Reading Pali.

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

Study materials:

You Tube videos: James will continue to put up YouTube videos in advance covering the material to be covered in the classes. The channel is called James Whelan’s Sanskit and Pali. 

Written material: James also has a publicly accessible Google drive on which the written material for the classes is available. The link to Google Drive.

It is intended that the YouTube videos and the material on the Google Drive will remain permanently available for preparation, revision, and self-study. 

James sends out a weekly advance email to the group showing the preparation to be done, and identifying the material. 

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 Whelan

James’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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