Best School for study of Theravāda/Early Buddhism & Pāḷi

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Best School for study of Theravāda/Early Buddhism & Pāḷi

Post by dylanj » Thu May 17, 2018 12:04 am

So I dropped out of university awhile ago because the Theology & Religious Studies program was awful & I was accumulating a mass of debt. But I want to go back & finish a degree, I want to study pāḷi & perhaps Buddhist Studies, primarily w/r/t the early texts & history of early buddhism.

I am curious if anyone can recommend a place to do this. I want it to be cheap. I would prefer Sri Lanka & expect the best institutions to be there but am open to hearing otherwise.
susukhaṁ vata nibbānaṁ,
sammā­sambud­dha­desitaṁ;
asokaṁ virajaṁ khemaṁ,
yattha dukkhaṁ nirujjhatī


Oh! extinction is so very blissful,
As taught by the One Rightly Self-Awakened:
Sorrowless, stainless, secure;
Where suffering all ceases


etaṁ santaṁ etaṁ paṇītaṁ yadidaṁ sabbasaṅkhārasamatho sabbūpadhipaṭi nissaggo taṇhakkhayo virāgo nirodho nibbānaṁ

This is peaceful, this is excellent, that is: the stilling of all preparations, the relinquishment of all attachments, the destruction of craving, detachment, cessation, extinction.

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Re: Best School for study of Theravāda/Early Buddhism & Pāḷi

Post by JamesTheGiant » Thu May 17, 2018 12:41 am

Chulalongkorn? I understand a lot of monks study Pali and stuff there.
You can do both undergrad and graduate programs there,

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Re: Best School for study of Theravāda/Early Buddhism & Pāḷi

Post by mikenz66 » Thu May 17, 2018 1:17 am

Hi Dylan,

Is your interest in Sri Lanka due to the work of, for example, Bhikkhu Analayo, who did his PhD at University of Peradeniya: https://www.buddhismuskunde.uni-hamburg ... alayo.html?

If so, I'd be inclined to ask him about possible options.

Others who come to mind are:

Bhikkhuni Dhammadina, who has been assisting with his course on Bhikkhu Ñāṇananda's Nibbana Sermons: https://analayo2018.buddhistinquiry.org/
She is in Taiwan: http://dila.academia.edu/Dhammadinna http://agamaresearch.ddbc.edu.tw/agama-group

Shi Huifeng (Matt Osborn), who used to post here quite a lot. memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=742
He's originally from New Zealand, with a PhD from University of Hong Kong. When we met in Hong Kong he gave me a copy of Richard Gombrich's book "What the Buddha Thought". He's now in Taiwan:
http://fgu.academia.edu/ShiHuifeng

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Re: Best School for study of Theravāda/Early Buddhism & Pāḷi

Post by justindesilva » Thu May 17, 2018 5:59 am

Hi dylan,
Glad to be of assistance, may I suggest the institution
Buddhist & Pali university of Sri Lanka and you may go to web: www.bpu.ac.lk
It is mainly for buddhist and pali studies.

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